James Burke explores the intriguing possibility that the future is no longer what it used to be. He argues that we may have spent history busting a gut to solve the wrong problems: starvation, pollution, poverty, corruption, crime, disease, ignorance. At some point around 2060,
Burke says, these short-term issues may disappear and leave us with a far greater challenge -- one for which society as a whole is almost entirely unprepared.
Burke will speak in Kelowna on January 22 as part of UBC's Distinguished Speaker Series.
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St.
About James Burke
James Burke has been called "One of the most intriguing minds in the Western world" (Washington Post). His audience is global. His influence in the field of the public understanding of science and technology is acknowledged in citations by such authoritative sources as the Smithsonian and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. His work is on the curriculum of universities and schools across the United States.
In 1965 James Burke began work with BBC-TV on Tomorrow's World and went on to become the BBC's chief reporter on the Apollo Moon missions. For over forty years he has produced, directed, written and presented award-winning television series on the BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel. These include historical series, such as Connections (aired in 1979, it achieved the highest-ever documentary audience) The Day the Universe Changed; Connections2 and Connections3; a one-man science series, The Burke Special; a mini-series on the brain, The Neuron Suite; a series on the greenhouse effect, After the Warming; and a special for the National Art Gallery on Renaissance painting, Masters of Illusion.
He was a regular columnist for six years at Scientific American, and, most recently, contributed an essay on invention to the Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Burke is currently a contributor to TIME magazine. His most recent television work is a PBS retrospective of his work,ReConnections. Burke's latest book, American Connections: The Founding Fathers Networked was published in 2007.
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