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What the Future Holds: In Conversation with Walter Mosley

EVT 551
May 15
7:00 pm
Status: No Registration Required
For more information about this event, please contact Elizabeth Bennett of the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at ebennet@stanford.edu.

Novelist and social commentator Walter Mosley is best known for his crime fiction, and his indelible narrator, Easy Rawlins. But Mosley, a frequent social commentator and wide-ranging writer, is also a serious practitioner of science fiction. He employs the form not just to contemplate the culture as it was, but also to envision the trends that might point to our future. These envisionings are rarely optimistic, but always prescient. Over the course of a stunning series of novels and short stories—from Blue Light in 1998 to the Crosstown to Oblivion series to his most recent Inside a Silver Box— Mosley takes up genetic engineering, environmental fallout, societal collapse, and the tenaciousness of racial divisions in American life.

After a short reading by Mosley, he will be in conversation with Scott Hutchins, Jones and Draper Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford. Topics will include Mosley’s views on writing, the state of the union, and his approaches for imagining the future. A questionand- answer session will follow the conversation, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is part of Stanford’s year-long celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The campus-wide “Frankenstein@200” series will examine the numerous moral, scientific, sociological, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of the work, and why Dr. Frankenstein and his monster still capture the moral imagination today. For more information, please visit the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics website.

This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, the Medicine & the Muse Program, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Storytelling Project, and the Stanford Creative Writing Program.
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