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Greason Explores Narratives of the Future at Philadelphia Museum of Art’s ‘Sci-Fi Sundays’ Program

On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Philadelphia Museum of Art continued its exhibit, “Designs for Different Futures,” and featured Monmouth University’s Walter Greason, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership, as part of related public programming.

Greason participated in “Sci-Fi Sundays,” a series of drop-in readings that explores narratives of the future. He read excerpts from Octavia Butler’s two books, “Parable of the Sower” and “Parable of the Talents,” and explained their connection to the exhibit’s “Cities” section.

The exhibit included elements from his two recent books, “Planning Future Cities” and “Cities Imagined.” He also read a section of the introduction to “Cities Imagined” and one of the key primary sources. The audience responded with questions about urban design and city planning in the context of public and higher education.

“Designs for Different Futures” will be open at the Philadelphia Art Museum through March 2020.  According to the museum’s press release, the exhibition “brings together some 80 works that address the challenges and opportunities that humans may encounter in the years, decades, and centuries ahead.”

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