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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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"Paradise/Paradox"

Saturday, March 28 - 11:00AM to 11:45AM
Venetian Room

The 1950s model of the American dream has proven to be unattainable
not only for many Americans, but also for billions of
people who, quite understandably, seek a better life in developing
economies. No longer can the next generation expect a better life
than their parents, with a bigger house in the suburbs and a shiny
new car. Places that could be seen as paradise for their natural
beauty and wealth of resources are overwhelmed by our attempt
to live there. One of the great paradoxes of modern life is that
our desire to reside in paradise destroys the very thing we aspire
to. Paradise/Paradox presents a twenty-year search for paradise
that in most cases reveals the opposite. It is a story of love and
ruin.

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