Allison Carruth examines world-building ‘from California to the Red Planet’

Oct. 23, 2019

On October 10, 2019, Allison Carruth, the Fall 2019 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, delivered a public lecture, “Life After Earth: Speculations in World-Building from California to the Red Planet.”

Carruth connected 20th-century engineered transformation of the California landscape to past and ongoing proposals for extraterrestrial engineering, and queried the assumptions underlying real-world and speculative projects.

Carruth is an associate professor at UCLA, where she serves on the faculty of the Department of English and Institute for Society and Genetics and currently holds the Waldo W. Neikirk Chair for undergraduate education innovation (2018-21).

Endowed in 1997 through the generosity of Philip and Nancy Anschutz and their daughters Sarah Anschutz Hunt ’93 and Elizabeth Anschutz ’96, the Anschutz fellowship program is designed to bring to Princeton for one semester a leading scholar or practitioner in American arts, letters, politics, or commerce.

Anschutz Distinguished Fellows deliver a public lecture along and lead an advanced undergraduate seminar. Past lectures include “The Future of Black Studies (in Theory)” by Brittney Cooper, associate professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University; “Allen Dulles: From Princeton to the Bay of Pigs” by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner; “American Visions in Documentary” by Emmy Award winner Sheila Curran Bernard; and “Behind the Bully Pulpit: Reflections on Presidential Speechwriting” by Jeff Shesol, former deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of speechwriting at the Clinton White House.