University Hosts Talk on Futuristic Technologies

NU-Q stimulates dialogue on media and technology

Speakers enrich students' academic experience

NU-Q advances Qatar Foundation's mission to unlock human potential

11 April 2010
Doha, Qatar: Space colonization and nanotechnology will be two of the subjects covered during a lunchtime lecture hosted by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) on Monday, April 12.

Patrick McCray, Professor of History of Science and Technology from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), is the latest distinguished speaker in the University's spring lecture series. He will deliver his lecture to NU-Q students, faculty and staff, alongside members of the Doha public. 

Entitled  'Visioneering: Histories of Radical Technological Optimism', the lecture will explore the different possibilities society has envisioned for the future of technology, including space colonization, nanotechnology, internet-based commerce, and even life extension. According to Dr. McCray, such technologies have not ceased to capture the public imagination and have stimulated dialogue between science, business, and politics.

Dr. McCray's teaching and research focus is on the interplay of popular culture and politics with modern science and technology, which is a topic that complements NU-Q's Communication, Science and Technology class.

NU-Q Associate Professor Jim Schwoch, said, "McCray's visit is especially relevant for us here in Education City and for Qatar as a whole. His current research focuses on the interaction of large, international scientific and educational collaborations with local and regional cultures, and also with the long-range national planning and strategic visions of a host nation--an interesting and important set of social questions that, in our own way, we also explore and experience in Education City".

NU-Q's visiting speaker series aims to bring about academic enrichment in the student body through exposure to a diverse set of scholars and media professionals. Speaker visits are designed to coincide with a relevant point in the curriculum, so that there is a direct connection with what students are learning.

Additionally, NU-Q seeks to raise awareness about its programs by bringing in people who represent the different areas it works in. Its wider, long-term objective is to make a positive contribution to the intellectual and cultural life within Education City and in Doha. 

This is part of what we do as a university, it is an important part of our role as a member of the community," Dr. White added.

The talk will be held on Monday, April 12, in the Carnegie Mellon Building, Education City. The event will begin with a light lunch at 11:30 am followed by the talk at noon. 

The next speaker in the series is Qatari filmmaker Hafiz Ali Ali who will discuss the development of cinemas in Qatar.

Speakers for the summer semester will be announced at a later date.   


About Northwestern University in Qatar
Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is an international offspring of one of America's top-ranked educational institutions.  NU-Q offers curricula modeled on the innovative undergraduate programs of Northwestern University's School of Communication and Medill School of Journalism in the U.S.  The communication program offers courses of study in the areas of communication theory, history and media technologies; the fully accredited journalism program offerings include concentrations in print, broadcast and multimedia. Courses in Qatar are taught by scholars and practitioners who hold faculty appointments in and have had first-hand experience on the home campus in Evanston, Ill., a north-shore suburb of Chicago.

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Northwestern University in Qatar
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