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Space Settlement Symposium



October 20, 2017

Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

The event is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and supported by the Departments of Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, English, Geography, and Psychology.

This symposium seeks to create a conversation regarding the concept of “space settlement” from philosophical, anthropological, socio-political, psychological, literary, and other perspectives. We envision the student portion of the symposium to provide workshops and invite discussion proposals. All emails should include “Space Settlement Symposium Proposal” in the subject line.

Our topic for this symposium is: “The nature of a space-going social structure”

10:00 a.m.
Opening Speaker

Joseph Gottlieb, “In Search of a Bias-Free Reason for Space Colonization”

10:50 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Maximillen Vis III, “An Examination of Artificial Intelligence, Mega- and/or Social-Structures in Halo: Contact Harvest”

Minakshi Das & Robert Robinson, “Let's Build a Space Colony: Brain Storming Exercise”

11:40 a.m.

Eric Chelstrom, “The Unpredictability of Social Systems in Space Exploration and Colonization: Avoiding the Phantom Menace or Treating Humans like Clones”

12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

John Manning, “Teaching Star Trek: An Analysis of the Themes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for Practical Pedagogies”

Vanessa Johnson, “What Does It Take to be a Space Colonist: Creative Writing Exercise”

1:20 p.m.

William Duffy, “Art in Space: Preservation and Loss of Culture in Multi-Generation Space Travel”

2:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker

Jerry Barkow, “Stable cultures for generation ships and deep space settlements are impossible: overcoming the challenge”

Co-Sponsors of the Space Settlement Symposium are the Philosophy Dialogue Series, Texas State University Lecture Series, Philosophy Department, English Department, Anthropology Department, Political Science Department, Sociology Department, Geography Department, Psychology Department, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

If you require an accommodation due to a disability, contact the Department of Philosophy at 512-245-2285. Accommodation requests should be made at least 72 hours in advance of the program start time to ensure availability.

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