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Speculative Futures

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Co-organized by the Coordinated Science Laboratory and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and co-sponsored by Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, College of Engineering, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Fiddler Innovation Endowment, Office of Corporate Relations, Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures, Ninth Letter, College of Fine and Applied Arts, English, History, African American Studies, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives, and the U of Illinois Press. This is a University of Illinois Sesquicentenary event.
Multiple locations
Nov 3, 2017 - Nov 4, 2017   All Day
Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

Speculative Futures consists of multiple events at different locations. For the full schedule, visit the Speculative Futures @ Illinois website.


November 3, 2017

  • Creative Writers Tech Talk
    1:30 p.m. | Levis Faculty Center
    Lynnée Denise, John Jennings, Stacey Robinson and Alex Shakar talk about the role of technology and the creative imagination. They combine presentations of their work with personal reflections on the influence of technology on their craft and the impact of creative thinking on how we speculate about the future.
  • Inside NCSA: Reception + Interactive Demonstrations
    5:30–7:00 p.m. | National Center for Supercomputing Applications

November 4, 2017

  • Creating for the Future Workshop
    10:00 a.m. | Champaign Public Library
    Interested in writing science fiction or creating sci-fi art? Meet the pros at this free event for students in grades 6–12 and learn what drew them to speculative fiction, how they made it in their industry, and how they go about their creative process. Come with questions for these stellar fabulists!
  • Imagining Futures
    2:00 p.m. | Electrical and Computer Engineering Building Auditorium
    English undergraduates, inspired by their engineering counterparts, share their speculative futures concepts in fast-paced Pecha Kucha style presentations that will spark an interactive discussion with our creative guests and the audience. 
  • Worlds Collide
    3:30 p.m. | Electrical and Computer Engineering Building Auditorium
    This panel features our invited guests talking about all the technological wonders they have seen at Illinois and answering questions from the audience about how they imagine their Speculative Futures experience shaping their creative work going forward.
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