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Humanities & Hops

Event Date:

November 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Venue:

Southern Brewing and Winemaking
4500 N. Nebraska Ave
Tampa, FL 33603

Organizer:

Tyler Odle
813-974-2913
jodle1@usf.edu

Program Description:

Faculty will explore Sci-Fi everything from film and literature to fantastic archaeology. Our presenters include: Lee Braver (Philosophy): Philip K. Dick underwent a mystical experience in 1973 that shook him to the core; he came to believe that his 1969 novel *Ubik* had anticipated Gnostic ideas and his own later encounter with God. This made his works a kind of latter-day Gnostic gospel, employing science-fiction tropes in place of Jesus’ more mundane, agricultural-based parables. Michael Gibbons (Political Theory): Dr. Gibbons will discuss the moral and political background and implications of Mary Shelley’s *Frankenstein* focusing on the challenge it poses to the prejudices of modernity. Gibbons is the Editor-in-Chief of *The Wiley Encyclopedia of Political Thought,* eight volumes. Robert Tykot (Anthropology): “Fantastic archaeology” employs critical thinking to debunk claims about mysteries of the past made for political, religious, or monetary purposes. With this method, archaeological studies of wonders such as the Lost Continent of Atlantis, Noah’s Arc, and the Shroud of Turin drawn conclusions from proper archaeological and scientific evidence.

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