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The World in 2050: New Student Competition Announced

A competition is open to all Lake Forest students to produce responses to the following question –what will the world of the future hold at the half-century mark?

Prizes for the winners are generous: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

The prompt is purposely open-ended. It might trigger a student’s imaginative speculation of what music will sound like, the risks and rewards of artificial super intelligence, likely directions in demographics and politics, or a meditation on how the world we live in now may be changed.

The competition will be judged by a panel of Lake Forest College faculty and Trustees, and the winning entries will be included in a College time capsule curated by Associate Professor of Communication Linda Horwitz as part of her spring 2017 course, Rhetoric and Public Memory.

The winners and runners-up will be announced at the Student Symposium closing event on April 11, 2017, and will be invited to perform or screen their selected work.

“Whether it is sports, technology, music, or economics, anticipating the future helps one to affect the future,” notes Lake Forest College Trustee Liam Connell, sponsor of the contest. “Short-term changes are often noise; what are important are long-term changes. That is why we want to look out to 2050, and beyond. Four years is an election cycle, but a generation from now, that is the real future.”