Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Class of 2023 is invited to join faculty and staff at the Athenaeum for insight about Aldous Huxley's Brave New World from an expert, followed by guided discussion with faculty and student facilitators.
This dinner program, offered on two consecutive nights (students choose one) is hosted by the Dean of Students Office in collaboration with the Faculty Writing Committee and is designed exclusively for the Class of 2023. Since it appeared in 1932, Brave New World has been recognized as a literary classic and a landmark of speculation about the character and direction of modern culture. Huxley portrays a world in which a technocratic elite has designed a social order and a population in which universal happiness of a certain kind has been systemically achieved, but only at the cost of human freedom and dignity.
That is a frightening trade-off, but instead of simply rejecting it, Huxley explores its ramifications with intellectual subtlety, irony, and humor, in the process raising important questions about science, technology, art, love, sex, drugs, power, and the nature of happiness. The Class of 2023 is invited to join faculty and staff at the Athenaeum for insight about the novel from an expert, followed by guided discussion with faculty and student facilitators.
You can sign up online for the First Year dinner scheduled for Tuesday, September 10.