RCTC LIFE Program presents “Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of our Fantastic Future” with Eric Dregni MFA

Eric Dregni will lead us through the utopian dreams of the future, some of them horribly misguided but others fantastic and visionary even by today’s standards.

Monday, March 20 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

RCTC Heintz Center Rm. HA112 1926 College View Drive SE

Event Type

Community

Target Audience

21+

Website

http://www.learningisforever.net

Cost

LIFE Member Fee: $15 LIFE Non-Member Fee: $25

Detail Description

The outrageous, imaginative, and often misguided dreams of tomorrow bursting with robots, atomic cars, and foam houses, Eric Dregni will lead us through the utopian dreams of the future, some of them horribly misguided but others fantastic and visionary even by today’s standards. While we didn’t get household jetpacks and personal serving-drinks-by-the-pool robots, or even our orgasmatrons, we did get things like the super-fantastic building materials of the future—asbestos, lead, and foam. So just what was the utopian master plan for future households during the early twentieth century? Dregni’s book "Follies of Science" is the keeper of such knowledge, offering glimpses into sparkling, smooth lead paint covering our living room walls, dazzling DDT foggers killing mosquitoes dead, alchemists transforming atoms into gold and diamonds, homeowners living in “The Foam House of the Future,” and, of course, commuters blasting away on their jet packs to work. Utopian indeed.

Contact phone number

(507) 280-3157

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