Our Future: Glimpses of Times Past and Times to Come – Challenges and Opportunities
Course: William Shakespeare wrote “What’s past is prologue.” To begin to discern our possible future we need to try to understand our past. In this eight-session course, we’ll look for insights in our past and present that may help us facilitate that understanding. We’ll have some intellectual fun examining a few areas (energy, space exploration, aging) to see what we might foresee about human beings and our home Earth in the future. We’ll examine predictions and trends from relatively near-term to very long-term. Students will be encouraged to present and discuss their ideas. Class size will be limited to 15 students. It is expected that all students will be vaccinated; masking and social distancing will be observed.
Instructor: Richard A. Scribner has a PhD in physics and, among other academic appointments, headed the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program at Georgetown University. Other positions include: Special Assistant, Undersecretary of State, Director of counterterrorist research institute at Dartmouth. He was also a consultant to the U.S. Justice and Homeland Security Departments. Dr. Scribner is the author or co-author of books and articles on arms control, science and public policy, and climate change. Fathoming what the future might hold is a hobby.
Schedule: Eight sessions, Thursdays, 10/7 – 12/9 (no classes on 11/4 or 11/25)
Time: 9:30 – 11:30
Location: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Room 201, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. Masks and social distancing required.
Materials: No materials required. Instructor will provide handouts and electronic links.