Dean’s Interdisciplinary Symposium: February 8, 2016

As Oscar Wilde wrote, “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at.”

This year’s Dean’s Interdisciplinary Symposium, timed to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s innovative early modern work Utopia (1516), will explore the ever-relevant concept of utopia through the lenses of history, politics, theology, visual art, and literary studies. An inherently interdisciplinary undertaking, utopia can teach us much about the past 500 years, our present dreams and visions, and our future.

Dohra Ahmad (English): Introduction and Overview

Julie Upton (Theology and Religious Studies): “Sources of Inspiration”

Nerina Rustomji (History): “Islamic Paradise is Beyond Utopia”

Bill Byrne (Government and Politics): “Utopia and Utopianism”

Claudia Sbrissa (Art and Design): “Habitat”

Dohra Ahmad will also serve as the discussant.

This exciting event will take place on Monday, February 8, 2016 during the Common Hour (1:50-3:50 pm) in D’Angelo 206.