What if time does not exist? What if the European Renaissance were based on Asian Culture? What if an alien species visited Earth?
This coming Thursday, a collection of students at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri are launching their first installment of The What If… Conference during which questions such as these will be turned loose.
A series of eight minute presentations will be followed by free-for-all breakout sessions and a family-style dinner meeting between the presenters, staff and audience. The goal is a step towards a new era of interaction.
According to www.thewhatifconference.com
“The hopes of “What If…?” are ambitious. It sprung from a desire to encourage a new way of interacting with our world. A manner of interaction in which distinctions between students and professors, as well as barriers between disciplines and differences in individual perspectives aren’t obliterated, but become integrated.”
I will be conducting an interview with The What If… Conference’s co-founder, Andrew R McHugh, next week to review the goals, successes and future of this social-academic venture.