College Of Arts And Sciences | From the Apocalypse to Star Trek: A History of the Future
E104 | 0169 | Pace, D


A medieval preacher prophesying the end of the world, a nineteenth-
century scientist predicting an age of universal prosperity, a model
of the city of the future at the 1920s World Fair, a 1950s civil
defense film, and the bridge of the Starship Enterprise3/4each of
these is a historical document offering invaluable evidence about the
hopes, fears, and values of a particular era. In this course you will
have the opportunity to see how projections into the future are used
by historians to reconstruct the mindset of earlier periods. You will
work directly with such materials, producing your own historical
analyses, and you will learn about the historical context in which
these cultural products were created.