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Lecture to explore how society, science fiction, overlap

Metro Wire Staff

From television shows like “The Twilight Zone” to “Black Mirror,” the genre of science fiction continues to provide a snapshot of where society is headed.

“Understanding Society Through Science Fiction” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, by David Barry, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work. The free lecture will be held in the Pinery Room of the Portage County Public Library.

It’s the fourth talk in the eight-part 2019-20 Community Lecture Series sponsored by UW-Stevens Point, and open to the public.

“This talk explores the way social science and science fiction have always been intertwined,” said Barry.

Barry received bachelor’s degrees in sociology and history from Albion College before earning his master’s and a doctorate from Western Michigan University. His research interests include sociology of religion, globalization, social theory, post-communist societies, and environmental sociology.

For more information on the Community Lecture Series, visit www.uwsp.edu/cols/lectureseries or email stappa@uwsp.edu.