Wednesday, May 17, 2006

In a galaxy far, far away: Conference and course planned on extraterrestrial diplomacy

Beam me up Scotty: Course on extraterrestrial diplomacy begins todayLast summer I directed mediators seeking variety in their ho-hum routines to a course on Exopolitics 102: Citizen Diplomacy with Extraterrestrials, available through Exopolitics.org, a web site devoted to exploring "the political implications of the extraterrestrial presence". (I swear I am not making this up.)

I was therefore vastly amused to learn through the dispute-res listserv (for subscription information, click here) that the instructor of this course, Dr. Michael Salla, has even bigger plans: a conference of international experts to discuss intergalactic diplomacy with extraterrestrial civilizations and its implications for world peace. You can read all about it here.

(By the way, for those of you who didn’t make the application deadline for last year’s course, Dr. Salla is offering "Exopolitics 102" again. Class starts today.)