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The Future of Fear

Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6:00–7:00pm

Foster 107

As society changes, fear changes along with it.

Though today’s denizens may be just as frightened as our ancestors by what goes bump in the night, new societal challenges grant new opportunities for our deepest anxieties to manifest into a nightmare.

In a far off future, what will we have to fear? Will some of our current frights fade? Will fear be simulated, controlled? Or will the sheer notion of it be a distant memory?

UChicago undergraduates are welcome to join us for a special Halloween celebration with Future Café.

Future Café is a student-organized series that provides the opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. What sort of ideas appeal in the present moment? What projects are already underway? What is neo-futurism, or futurology? What is the role of imagination in shaping politics, the environment, and social life? How might radical futures be brought into being?

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 and registration is recommended.