George Orwell's 1984 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World offer drastically contrasting but equally frightening visions of possible dystopian futures. Consistently ranked among the greatest works of 20th century fiction, the two novels continue to stun readers with their uncanny prophecies of how we can be dehumanized by programmed pleasure, as well as by institutionalized brutality. Through active participation in small group and whole class discussions, we will come to better understand and deeply appreciate these two inescapable books. Required text: 1984 by George Orwell, ISBN-13: 978-0451524935 and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, ISBN-13: 978-0060850524.
Instructor: Dan Damerville (firstname.lastname@example.org) has taught at universities, community colleges, and high schools for 35 years. Since retiring to Asheville in 2015, he has been active in OLLI as a College for Seniors instructor and participant in numerous courses.