UCO Symposium 2022 Keynote Speaker
By: Peyton Decker, UCO Student
Senior, Strategic Communications Major
Join Gary K. Wolfe, Ph.D., science fiction critic, editor, writer and podcaster, at the 2022 University of Central Oklahoma Liberal Arts Symposium from noon-1 p.m. March 30.
In 1968, he received his B.A. in English literature from the University of Kansas and worked for his honors thesis under Professor James Gunn, a well-known American writer from the mid-1900s. Gunn influenced Wolfe in the world of science fiction writing, editing and scholastics. From there, Wolfe transferred to the University of Chicago, where he earned his M.A. and Ph. D. in English literature in 1971.
Throughout his extensive career, Wolfe has worked as a reviewer for Locus magazine since 1991, the Chicago Tribune since 2013 and has written many books.
He is a winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Pilgrim Award, the Eaton Award and BSFA award. In 2021, he won the Hugo Award, the highest award in science fiction for “The Coode Street Podcast,” which he co-produces with Johnathan Strahan. In addition to these accomplishments, he has also won Australia’s prestigious Ditmar Award for science fiction, the British Science Fiction Association Award for Nonfiction and the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
Today, Wolfe works as a professor emeritus in humanities at Roosevelt University, where he delivers a popular course titled, “How Great Science Fictions Works,” for The Great Courses. Wolfe’s current focus is on how science fiction stories change dramatically in relation to the diversity of science fiction authors (African, Korean, transgender, etc.).
For more information about the 2022 College of Liberal Arts Symposium, visit the symposium website.