Speculation: Fictions, Frenzies, Futures, and Failures - Oklahoma Center for the Humanities

Speculation: Fictions, Frenzies, Futures, and Failures

We’re thrilled to welcome Gayle Rogers, author of Speculation: A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI, for a discussion of his research. From religious introspection to contemplation of the future to frenzied gambling, the idea of “speculation” harbors a rich tapestry of meanings. Now, as computers and AI speculate for us, and as speculative and science fiction universes abound, these meanings take on another valence. During our conversation with Rogers, we will explore the history of word “speculation,” along with its uses and relevance today.

Join us for an evening conversation with Gayle Rogers on November 11, 7:00p-8:30p.  This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Tyrell Hall auditorium at the University of Tulsa. *Mask wearing is strongly encouraged.*

To view a recording of the event, visit this link.

Gayle Rogers is professor and chair of English at the University of Pittsburgh. He researches the history of ideas and global twentieth century literature, and he teaches courses in modern fiction, primarily international novels. His most recent book is Speculation: A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI, published by Columbia University Press in July 2021. He is currently writing some short essays on how we navigate risk in the time of Covid and after.