Émilie to Emily

Reviving the Salon and Talking Science in the 21st Century

The Risks of the Push for STEM Education

So I've recently started at job with a tech not-for-profit working with first generation and low-income students, helping them prepare and get into college, through the Upward Bound program. And I am really loving it. But I've noticed in my... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Conclusion

Historically, Vonnegut occupies an interesting place. As a man both fascinated and repulsed by the science and technology of his time, he spent all his career grappling with those conflicting feelings. Even by the last years of his life, in... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: The State of Vonnegut Scholarship

Much of the scholarly discussion of Kurt Vonnegut lies in literary circles, with few historical accounts by historians discussing Vonnegut at any length (when he is mentioned in historical pieces, it is within the context of lists of authors or... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Vonnegut on American Identity and Ideology

Much like many of the other opinions and views which Vonnegut held, his understanding of an American identity was complicated. It is important to unravel parts of this because it will help us understand some of his conflicting views on... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Vonnegut on Science and Technology

Though a vocal critic of science and technology throughout his career, Vonnegut was not simply anti-science or anti-technology. He had two main criticisms of technology. The first is that an overuse and overreliance on technology is dangerous, and addictive. The... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Cat’s Cradle and World Ending Technology

In Cat’s Cradle, the world ends. Of that there is no doubt. There is no hopeful rebuilding, there is no promise of tomorrow. Jonah survives only with a few of his fellow Hoosiers and Bokonon himself. The world does not... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Player Piano and Automation

Vonnegut’s central critiques in Player Piano are that automation technologies are often dangerous because they replace work that gives value to human lives and that technology is addictive. Academics have explored some of these same ideas in their own discussions... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Corporate Science on Display

Corporate science was not new by the time that both Vonnegut brothers went to General Electric to work. It is interesting that Vonnegut worked at GE, since it was the first American company to make a concerted effort to cultivate... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Summary of Novels

While Vonnegut wrote four novels and various short stories from 1945 to 1965, I focus on Player Piano, his first novel, and Cat’s Cradle, argued to be his best novel after Slaughterhouse-Five, because of their connection to Vonnegut’s time at... Continue Reading →

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