Symposium on Amazing Stories: Inspiration, Learning, and Adventure in Science Fiction

Symposium on Amazing Stories

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“By ‘scientifiction’ I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type
of story—a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic
vision … Not only do these amazing tales make tremendously interesting
reading—they are always instructive.”
-Hugo Gernsback, 1926.

When the widely recognized “Father of Science Fiction,” Hugo Gernsback first coined the term that captured the essence of the genre we now call science fiction (SF), he envisioned SF as a new form of literature that inspired with prophecy, taught with scientific and technical facts, and engaged with adventure. These traits unique to SF have launched many of its readers on trajectories into the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) fields.

Join us for a one-day symposium exploring SF as a medium for engaging imagination, a means for exploring STEM/STEAM fields, and an instrument for discovering interdisciplinary connections, and also celebrating the new City Tech Science Fiction Collection held in the Archives and Special Collections of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library.

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Organizing Committee: Jason Ellis (Chair), Aaron Barlow, Jill Belli, and Mary Nilles.

Hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY.

Symposium: Intersections 2015: Digital Conversations on Artificial Intelligence, Sensing and Simulation

Symposium on Amazing Stories: Inspiration, Learning, and Adventure in Science Fiction 1
Date & Time: May 29th, 2015 from 9 AM-5 PM
Location: Voorhees Theater at 186 Jay Street in Brooklyn, NY

This event, hosted in collaboration with the NSF TUES grant’s Center for Performative Design & Engineering Technology, will consist of a series of presentations and panel discussions, aiming to instigate a conversation from different perspectives on the areas of data visualization, sensing, simulation, and artificial intelligence.

The event is free and open to the public.

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