Brandeis at 75

Past as Prologue

Hazarding a few bold guesses, Brandeis faculty forecast what their field will look like in 25 years.

Colorful collage of illustrations
Illustrations by Nick Lu

On the occasion of Brandeis’ 75th anniversary, we asked a cross section of faculty to imagine the contours of their field 25 years from now, when the university turns 100.

Overcoming their natural hesitation to cast themselves as seers, they offered thoughtful ideas, invariably punctuated with some version of “But who the heck knows?”

The insights of these professors are revealing. So is their obvious dedication to their field, a deep commitment that makes Brandeis a unique place to teach and learn.

Which is, of course, great news for the future.

This story originally appeared in the Summer 2023 edition of Brandeis Magazine.

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