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The Chautauqua Speaker Series presents - Ready Player One

'Ready Player One', virtual reality topics of upcoming Chautauqua Speaker Series

The annual Chautauqua Speaker Series at Schreiner University continues in February with an engaging talk on virtual reality by Dr. Brian Bernard.

Bernard will speak on “Ready Player One: The Present and Future of Virtual Reality” on February 27 from 4-5 p.m. in the CCAC Theatre at Schreiner University. The event is free and open to the public.

Bernard, assistant professor of engineering at Schreiner, will frame his discussion on Ready Player One, a 2011 novel by Ernest Cline that is the subject of an upcoming movie directed by Steven Spielberg. The story centers around a dystopian near-future, where the planet’s fossil fuels have essentially run out, leading to a global depression. Most of the population has escaped to The Oasis, a virtual world where they can work, play, and live their lives in virtual reality from their homes.

Bernard notes that in the 1980s and 1990s, Star Trek’s Holodeck inspired a wave of research into virtual reality, but computers of that era could not keep up. In his talk, Bernard will provide hands-on demonstrations for the audience and describe active areas of modern virtual reality research to show the sustainability of the technology, how it will be used for education, and how close we are to The Oasis.

The Chautauqua Speaker Series at Schreiner University is designed to engage faculty, students, staff, and the community in thought and dialog about big ideas and issues.  This year’s Big Idea theme is “inspiration” and is intended to be interpreted very broadly across a range of disciplines.  Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, all sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Chautauqua Speaker Series, contact Dr. Karen Sides at 830-955-5701 or