Designing the Future — A Yearlong Obermann Series
As changes in technology, population, climate, the economy, the organization of knowledge, and other systems gather speed, the need to predict and even to design the future accelerates as does the need to re-envision STEM as STEAM (sciences, technology, engineering, arts-humanities, and medicine). Through 2013-2014, a series of "futurists"—from the arts, humanities, social sciences, technology, health humanities, and beyond—will visit the University of Iowa campus. We have invited our speakers to offer their perspectives on the forces spurring change, the possible futures before us, and opportunities to design the future through imaginative forms of education, collaboration, intervention, and invention.
The yearlong events include:
- Imagining and Being Imagined: A Conversation Between Two Futurists—Dan Reed and Bruce Sterling, September 16, 2013
- Designing the Future for Publicly Engaged Research and Teaching in the Humanities, March 10, 2014—with Sara Guyer (University of Wisconsin) and Matthew Countryman (University of Michigan)
- Health Humanities Working Symposium, April 4-5, 2014
- Designing the Future of Higher Education, April 28, 2014—a visit with Christopher Newfield (American Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara)