THE TRAP OF PROGRESS
RONALD WRIGHT – DEC 6th, 2006

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“The Trap of Progress”
(Dec 6th, 2006 Rotary Centre for the Arts’ Mary Irwin Theatre in downtown Kelowna)

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Ronald Wright, a novelist, essayist and historian whose bestselling works include Stolen Continents and A Short History of Progress, was the first speaker to be featured in UBC Okanagan’s new Distinguished Speaker Series of public lectures.

Wright’s presentation in Kelowna (7 p.m., Dec. 6) was entitled “The Traps of Progress.” He will explore human patterns of triumph and disaster in the past and what lessons they hold for the present and future.

A Scientific Romance, Wright’s first novel, won the 1997 David Higham Prize for Fiction and was chosen a book of the year by the Globe and Mail, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times. His latest book is the novel Henderson’s Spear.

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In A Short History of Progress Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year experiment we have participated in but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of triumph and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age can we recognize the experiment's inherent dangers, and, with luck and wisdom, shape its outcome.

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