TusCon 45 Schedule released
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Come rub elbows with our guests, enjoy the cash bar, and be regaled by Toastmaster Geoff Notkin .
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Let’s have a discussion about Edwin A. Abbot’s geometric novella! We’ll be covering its history and talking about its continued influence in contemporary society. We’ll take a look at authors and scientists who loved the story, as well as modern interpretations of Flatland in media from “The Dot and the Line” to Carl Sagan, “Big Bang Theory” and “Gravity Falls”. Not only a mathematical and scientific satire, Flatland is at its heart, a social parody, written by a churchman and mathematics professor as an amusing hobby. It’s had two films made as well as a variety of short media. Flatland continues to fascinate us, young and old alike. Join us for a lively chat about this novel and find out for yourself if “Abbot had the right idea”.
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Discussion of works that feature supposed utopias or dystopias that are not black-and-white or are complicated/nuanced in some way; are utopias/dystopias more alike than different? Are they merely realistic societies that we like or dislike?
12:00pm – 1:00pm