2014-15 Lecture Series Kicks off
with a Presentation Exploring Science Fiction & Society
Cloud County Community College in Concordia will host “Science Fiction and Social Awareness,” a presentation and discussion by Dennis Etzel, Jr., on November 12 at 7:00 p.m., in Cook Theatre, as part of the college’s Cook Lecture Series.
The evening will begin with a short presentation of the annual Marion D. Cook Legacy Award to Wonda Phillips for outstanding achievement in supporting the arts and humanities in the area to Wonda Phillips. This presentation will be followed by Dennis Etzel, Jr., who will present “Science Fiction and Social Awareness.”
On the surface, science fiction films are about robots, spaceships, and travel to other times and planets. However, sci-fi often tackles social issues such as racism, sexism, equality, and poverty. This presentation explores the ways that science fiction examines our history, culture, and personal decisions.
Dennis Etzel, Jr., is a poet and teaches writing and film courses at Washburn University. He has published work in the Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, and BlazeVOX journals, among others, and is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Sum of Two Mothers.
“When we think of the elements that make up science fiction, we might be moved to thinking about spaceship battles and interplanetary travel,” observed Etzel. “However, Science Fiction often describes contemporary human stories.”All Cook Series events, in partnership with Cloud County Community College Foundation, are free to the public.