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Institute for the Study of Culture and Society: Previous Fellows

Previous Fellows 2018-2019

Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen, Associate Professor of English, "Imagining Life on Other Planets: Re-Imagining Life on Earth" (2017-2018)

Readings - Sheri Wells-Jensen, Associate Professor of English

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  • “The first reading is by someone who has spoken and written widely on the social, economic, and theological implications of the discovery of life on other planets. Given that the number of potentially habitable planets outside our solar system is steadily growing, this is becoming less like science fiction and more like a possibility. He wonders if we are ready.” http://meti.org/blog/seti-imagining-extraterrestrial-civilizations-and-war
  • “I do apologize that the language in the second reading is dated. You can definitely tell when something was written by how they refer to groups of people. Try to read past it. Think about your initial reaction to the content and then try to determine if your understanding changes by the time you finish the reading.” https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/fr/fr02/issue4/f020401.html
  • Final note: “Now, I invite you, as a pre-talk exercise, to invent for yourself as many reasons as you can that these two readings would be paired together . . . and I hope to see you in March.”