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“In Search of Our Times” — a conversation about utopian thinking


The twentieth century has seen the devastating effects of a blind belief in ideological blueprints, from fascism and national socialism to “real existing” socialism. But can we survive without utopian ideas? Do we need an inspiring vision and sense of direction to take care of ourselves and our environment? How much dreaming is needed to shape our world? These are questions posed by Joes Segal, the Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the always fascinating Wende Museum in Culver City. He will discuss “Roads and Shortcuts to Utopia” with Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer of Los Angeles; Culver City Councilman Thomas Small, Enrique Martinez Celaya, a painter, philosopher, and physicist; and children’s book author Cornelia Funke. While at the Wende, check out their blooming cactus garden and the current show, “The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain.”