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Future Tense Fiction: online discussion of “Speaker”

February 4, 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain / – Eastern

Join us for an online discussion with Simon Brown, the author of the short story “Speaker” — published through Future Tense Fiction as part of a series on Learning Futures — and Dr. Iveta Silova, professor and director of the Center for the Advanced Studies in Global Education at ASU. Dr. Punya Mishra, Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, will moderate the conversation.

Read the short story and Dr. Silova’s response essay on Slate.

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. 

For more information: Contact Enrique Borges, 480-795-7863


Punya Mishra

Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation

Punya Mishra is an educator, researcher, designer, artist, and professional dilettante interested in life, the universe and everything. He is particularly keen on shoehorning Douglas Adams’ book titles into his bio statement. You can find him at @punyamishra and

Simon Brown

Simon Brown is a writer of speculative fiction and has been writing for nearly fifty years. He has completed around 60 short stories made into two collections, and eight novels that have been published globally. Simon has also worked as a journalist and most recently as a senior communications officer for UnitingCare Australia. Brown currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Learn more about him at:

Dr. Iveta Silova

Dr. Iveta Silova is professor and director of the Center for the Advanced Studies in Global Education at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. Born and raised in Soviet Latvia, Professor Silova has a unique first-hand experience of the events leading up to the breakdown of the Soviet Union. Since then, she has been fascinated with learning how different countries have responded to postsocialist transformations and globalization. More recently, Professor Silova has engaged in research that examines how our current ‘modernist’ education paradigm is implicated in the climate crisis. Learn more about Dr. Silova here.