Futures: This is the theme of the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin for 2013-15. Over the course of two academic years we will sponsor a wide-ranging set of public lectures, faculty seminars, and teacher workshops on this theme. What possible futures do we envision? What futures have been envisioned in the past? How are imagined futures related to the conditions, connections, and limitations of the present? We aim to encourage creative inquiry and discussion across the arts and humanities on imagined futures, including those of of the past as well as those of our own time.
Our inquiry began in Fall 2013 with a residency featuring the visionary multimedia artist and storyteller Laurie Anderson. As the Cline Centennial Visiting Professor of the Humanities, Anderson presented the exhibition "Landfall" at the Visual Arts Center, curated and presented a public retrospective of her video pieces, participated in a public discussion about creativity, led a faculty seminar, and met with students.