Zuckerberg versus Gutenberg

George Theodosiou

Fridays, October 6 - November 17 (not October 27) 10:00 a.m. - noon 6 sessions
The Engineering Center, One Walnut Street

Galileo, Copernicus, Vasco da Gama, Columbus, and Gutenberg were the movers of an unprecedented rush of discoveries and disruptions of the Middle Ages’ mindset, breaking down existing barriers and significantly changing the lifestyle and reshaping society.

Five hundred years later, similar leaps in science, trade, urbanization, education, communication, and health are once again challenging the present social order and balance.

Whether it’s the web rather than the press; Ebola rather than syphilis; the airplane rather than the ship; the rise of China rather than the rise of America; or global trade connectivity rather than geographic barriers, all defy social values and disrupt prevailing societal structures. Facility of massive migrations, global trade, instantaneous communications, and reciprocally shared knowledge, etc., have  created a Renaissance moment that dares to upend our established legacy. By  comparing the two, we will attempt to identify the coming challenges and their contractions with the present trends!

Open mindedness is required! Past history will be presented and recent developments discussed. There will be extensive use of electronic communications and bibliography.

Teaching Style: Lecture with discussion     Weekly Preparation: 2 hours


    George Theodosiou

    George Theodosiou is a political refugee who taught cardiology for his 38 years of professional life. Since retirement, he has led numerous study groups in the history of the Balkans, Byzantium, Middle East, Russia, Communism, and the Ottoman Empire.