Margaret Atwood's Worlds of Dystopia
In my senior year of high school, we had a poetry unit where we read a dozen or so of Margaret Atwood’s poems, carefully analyzing and dissecting each one to prepare for our International Baccalaureate Oral Commentary. As someone who was frankly intimidated by most poetry, I quickly became a fan of both her style of poetry as well as the themes she touched upon. A few months later, I decided to read The Handmaid’s Tale for my independent reading project. It’s safe to say that I became a pretty big fan of Atwood, who only became more and more well-known given the hit Hulu series based on The Handmaid’s Tale.
Atwood ended on a positive note, however, laying out five rays of hope for us. All of them included technologies or new discoveries related to battling climate change. She also urged us to vote, saying that it was one of the most important things that we could do.
This lecture was part of the Dorsett Fellowship Lecture Series, sponsored by the Ethics Institute. Past speakers include science fiction writer Ted Chiang and Professor of Law at Yale Law School Robert Post. The Ethics Institute also has a Law & Ethics Fellowship, which some of my friends are a part of. They have some amazing opportunities to meet and discuss law/ethics issues with prominent people in various fields (they got to have a meet-and-greet with Atwood herself!). The event itself was extremely well-attended, filling up the entire Spaulding auditorium, our biggest venue on-campus.