Houston Press, "The Road to 2030: Self-driving Cars, Big Data and the Future of Texas" Robotic exoskeletons! Self-driving cars! A healthy bioengineered human lung that lives in a bottle! The future is coming, and it's approaching at a faster rate than ever before. Not in the space-time-continuum sense, of course: "'The pace at which you can go from the almost lunatic fringe to the mainstream is a lot faster than it used to be,' says Dr. Andrew Hines, program coordinator of the University of Houston's graduate program in foresight. 'Something can accelerate up that curve a lot faster than has been possible because of social media, making it much less predictable.' . . . So what will be the shape of this new world we're staring down? We're not soothsayers, so we asked some of Texas's best thinkers and scholars to bend their minds toward how our world might change along the road to 2030."
Indy Week, "Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments holds a space for hard discussions about race and police brutality" Here at City Paper, we've written about how difficult it can be to focus on art when something like Ferguson happens, but also how art can be used as a means of protest against injustice. Down in North Carolina, a group of local theater companies is banding together to put on "Hands Up," a collection of six monologues about "the African-American experience of police brutality," with the hope that theater can inspire conversation about these injustices: "'We're not talking about white supremacy at the water cooler or at church,' [the director Monet Marshall] says. 'And even if we were, our houses of worship are very segregated. Theater is a space where diverse people can come together to have those hard conversations.'
"Marshall especially wants to reach people who perpetuate and are affected by systemic racism in less direct ways—people like me. 'Talking about race, people sometimes feel that it is not their issue, but that in itself is a privilege,' she says in her usual friendly way, as we part with a hug. 'Lean into that privilege and come anyway. You do have something to do with it, and you have a responsibility to change it.'"