Taking inspiration from “Face the People and Speak: On the future of expertise and public conversations,” Abby Smith Rumsey’s essay in this issue of Boom, we asked colleagues from universities around California to talk with us about the future of higher education, politics, prisons, transportation, nature, Hollywood, wine, the family, food, and music.
Why 2050? There is something about mid-century. We’ve noticed a lot of thinking and writing about the future of California and the world focusing on 2050. It is a key date. Around then global population growth is expected to level off. And if we don’t get our act together by then, climate change will really start kicking in.
We’ve talked about a lot of these big ideas in this issue of Boom. But 2050 is also not that far off. If some of us will be long gone, many others of us, including our students, will still be around. This is their world. So we wanted to ask the experts what it looks like, and what they would put in a time capsule to be opened in 2050.
These interviews were conducted and edited by Boom staff: Eve Bachrach, Jon Christensen, Annie Powers, Robert Smith, and Sara V. Torres.
Let the conversation begin.
On the Future of the University with Alessandro Duranti, UCLA
The future of politics with Thad Kousser, UCSD
The future of prisons with Sharon Dolovich, UCLA
The future of transportation with Daniel Sperling, UC Davis
The future of nature with Brad Shaffer, UCLA
The future of Hollywood with Jennifer Holt, UCSB
The future of wine with Andy Walker, UC Davis
The future of the family with Elinor Ochs, UCLA
The future of food with Allison Carruth, UCLA
The future of music with Josh Kun, USC