Otherworldly Politics

Stephen Dyson, PhD; Author; Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica—these shows can teach us much about the complexities of international relations. While these fictional realities may seem far removed from our own, the challenges of state-building, clashing civilizations, and crisis management echo in the real world. Political scientist Stephen Dyson argues the creators of these fictional realms share a kinship with the great thinkers of international relations, and the worlds they create may shed light on the behavior of real nations. How closely do these sometimes pitiless worlds resemble our own? And what solutions can we learn from the struggle for the Iron Throne, the Cylons, and the Borg?

Stephen Dyson’s new book, Otherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica, will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Cellar following the program.

Speaker Bio


6:00 p.m.            

6:30 p.m.            
Conversation and audience Q&A

7:45 p.m.            
Adjournment and book signing