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Fall 2012 Newsletter

2012 Flair Symposium explores "Visions of the Future"

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Registration is now open for "Visions of the Future," the 10th Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium, scheduled for November 1–3. The symposium, which is held in conjunction with the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America, brings together historians, architects, industrial designers, and visionaries in the fields of science fiction, film, theater, and future studies to explore the ways the future has been imagined over time. Panelists will discuss the guiding principles of designers of the twentieth century and today, creative works that have inspired their visions of the future, efforts to market these visions to the public, and developments in transportation design.

Panel topics include: "Imagining the Future," "Designing the Future," "Marketing the Future," "Motorways in the Twentieth Century and Today," and "Today's Visions for Tomorrow."

Bruce Sterling, futurist and author of Shaping Things and Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years, will deliver the symposium keynote address on November 1. Sterling's archive resides at the Ransom Center.  

Information about panelists and registration


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