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February 21, 2014

Time Travel in Popular Culture

— LEWISBURG — Do you believe in time travel and parallel universes? Paul Halpern, Professor of Physics and a Fellow in Humanities at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, explores the treatment of these ideas in popular culture during a program at the Public Library for Union County at 7 p.m. March 6.

Starting with classic stories like Rip Van Winkle and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Halpern will examine how time travel has been used as a plot device. The impact of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine will also be discussed. Contemporary movies and television continue this theme, including Back to the Future and Lost. Attendees learn how the depiction of time travel has changed in literature and film and discuss reasons for its continuing appeal.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization, inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning. The program was made possible with the generous support of M&T Bank.

To register to attend, stop by the circulation desk at 255 Reitz Boulevard or call (570) 523-1172.  


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