What Goes On at SAS Open Lectures?

Society and Culture 16 November 2017
UTMN School of Advanced Studies offers a fundamentally new level of higher education in Tyumen, demonstrated not only by its innovative educational programmes, but also by the atmosphere at its new building. The layout, thought out out to the minutest detail, sets new working standards and inspires creative thinking.  

That is why a course by artist and postdoc from California, Duskin Drum, devoted to studying ecological and technology issues through anime is relevant at SAS like nowhere else.  

“There are several reasons to come to my course. The first – for anyone who’s interested in anime in general it’s always fun to meet up with other people and listen to other people’s ideas about anime. The second - for anyone who’s trying to learn English it’s a great opportunity to practice listening. And thirdly, the topics of technology, ecology and the future and how we are going to live together after this current period of turmoil are really important questions for anyone either alive or anyone who cares about people who going to be alive soon or in the future. We need to explore all of the nooks and crannies of the collective imagination to deal with the apocalypse that coming,” said Duskin Drum, professor at SAS.

In the age of dramatic climate change, genetic engineering, cyborgization and other signs of technical progress, the extremely abundant anime genre offers many views on the issues that humankind faces as a result of the technology boom. On his course, Duskin Drum shows carefully selected titles of anime to students and explains how such relevant issues as ecology, global warming, animal extinction and machine development are depicted in that particular work.    

SAS open lectures are held every week until 29 November. After the course, all participants will receive certificates. The lecture schedule and more information are available here.

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications

Link to Russian version: https://www.utmn.ru/presse/novosti/obshchestvo-i-kultura/459020/ 


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