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The Future of Counterculture

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 6:00–7:00pm

Foster 107

Future Café is a space to think creatively, cooperatively, and radically about long-term futures. University of Chicago undergraduate students, please join us for our next meeting to discuss the future of counterculture.

We are living in the golden era of both counterculture and uniformity; new media and digital communication are facilitating the creation of ever more niche micro-communities, and gatekeeping is falling by the wayside, for better and worse. The concept of counterculture is predicated on the existence of some objective mainstream culture, but is that a model of culture that will remain relevant into the deep future? What does counterculture, as a category, offer to society? Will there ever be a substitute for good old-fashioned punk rebellion?

Our conversation will collaboratively consider all the weirdest gems of subversive culture and speculate about what pushing back might look like in the distant future.

Future Café events are open to all undergraduate students at the University of Chicago. No prior knowledge of the topic of discussion is required, nor is there “homework.”

This event is free and open to all University of Chicago undergraduate students. It will be held in person: capacity is limited, and registration is required.

Please note: This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.