Online: Inventing Tomorrow: A Conversation About H.G. Wells, Modernism, and the Future

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A Conversation about H.G. Wells, Modernism, and the Future sponsored by the Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination and the Global Centers/Paris, with Sarah Cole, Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of Humanities at Columbia University and Emlyn Hughes, Professor of Physics at Columbia University

In this video, Professor Sarah Cole contends that Wells casts new light on modernism and its values: on topics from warfare to science to time, his work resonates both thematically and aesthetically with some of the most ambitious modernists. .

Sarah Cole is Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of Humanities at Columbia University. A specialist in literary modernism, she is the co-founder of the NYNJ Modernism Seminar and director of the Humanities War and Peace Initiative at Columbia. She is the author of Inventing Tomorrow: H. G. Wells and the Twentieth Century (Columbia, 2019) and has published articles in journals such as PMLA, Modernism/modernity, Modernist Cultures, Modern Fiction Studies, and ELH, and in edited collections. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Emlyn Hughes is a Professor of Physics at Columbia University and the founding director of the K=1 Project: Center for Nuclear Studies. He is an author of over 800 refereed publications in particle, nuclear, and atomic physics. Among other distinctions, he is a Fellow at the American Physical Society and the winner of the Feynman Teaching Award at the California Institute of Technology. He is currently performing an assessment of radioactive contamination in the Marshall Islands from the US nuclear weapons testing program, as well as developing a new course on nuclear weapons and nuclear testing.

This program is part of our H.G. Wells series, made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

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