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Speculation: Fictions, Frenzies, Futures and Failures
November 11, 2021, 7:00 pm-8:30 pmFree
Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is thrilled to welcome Gayle Rogers, author of Speculation: A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI, for a discussion of his research. From religious introspection to contemplation of the future to frenzied gambling, the idea of “speculation” harbors a rich tapestry of meanings. Now, as computers and AI speculate for us, and as speculative and science fiction universes abound, these meanings take on another valence. During our conversation with Rogers, we will explore the history of word “speculation,” along with its uses and relevance today.
Gayle Rogers is professor and chair of English at the University of Pittsburgh. He researches the history of ideas and global twentieth century literature, and he teaches courses in modern fiction, primarily international novels. His most recent book is Speculation: A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI, published by Columbia University Press in July 2021. He is currently writing some short essays on how we navigate risk in the time of COVID and after.
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