Brandi Klingerman | November 16, 2019
The University of Notre Dame has announced that Ted Chiang, award-winning science fiction writer, will join the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) as an artist in residence during the 2020-21 academic year. Known for critically acclaimed stories such as “Tower of Babylon” and “Story of Your Life,” which was adapted into the science fiction film “Arrival,” Chiang will spend three one-week periods throughout the fall and spring semesters on campus.
“Ted Chiang is one of the best science fiction writers of his generation. In 2020-21, NDIAS is recruiting a dream team of scholars from around the country to work collaboratively on our Nature of Trust Project. As artist in residence, Chiang will help us to think more imaginatively about the ethical implications of this important research,” said Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Professor of Philosophy. “NDIAS believes in the power of research, creativity and collaboration to help us generate new insights on deeply perplexing questions, advancing the common good in the process.”
Chiang will participate in a collaborative two-day workshop presented by the NDIAS and the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center (ND-TEC). Throughout the event, he will discuss how technical researchers and artists can work together to develop morally significant options for engaging with technology. Additionally, as part of his residency, Chiang will engage with Notre Dame faculty on campus and participate in NDIAS weekly seminars. These seminars will give Chiang the opportunity to discuss his work in progress with NDIAS fellows, students and invited guests.
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