Allison Carruth examines world-building ‘from California to the Red Planet’

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

On October 10, 2019, Allison Carruth, the Fall 2019 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University and an associate professor at UCLA, where she serves on the faculty of the Department of English and Institute for Society and Genetics and currently holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Chair for undergraduate education innovation (2018-21), delivered a lecture, “Life After Earth: Speculations in World-Building from California to the Red Planet.”

Carruth connected 20th-century engineered transformation of the California landscape to past and ongoing proposals for extraterrestrial engineering, and queried the assumptions underlying real-world and speculative projects.