PERFECT AND IMPERFECT: UNDERSTANDING UTOPIAS AND DYSTOPIAS
BC Lower Mainland
Sat. January 22nd, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
This forum explores how societies have envisioned perfect worlds—from the Hebrew Garden of Eden and Plato's Republic, to the modern Shangri-la in James Hilton's Lost Horizons. These "Utopias" have served as imaginary templates for a better world, helping us envision better economic systems, better ecological solutions, better cultural and political systems. But, human nature being what it is, utopian dreams can become "dystopian"—that is, evil places, like Orwell's 1984 or Huxley's Brave New World. Utopia is not on any map, except the map of our imaginations, which is where we make things better, and where we learn to listen to warnings about futures imperfect.
Graham Forst, PhD, taught English and Philosophy at Capilano University.
There are no reservations for this event; seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis.