The Faustian Bargain: A Speaker Series Exploring Unintended Consequences

Alexis Jones, Staff Writer

A speaker series on the Faustian Bargain is being hosted by the Everett Community College Humanities Alliance.

Every Tuesday from Jan. 12 through Feb. 23, EvCC teachers will be examining the Faustian Bargain and how it relates to Humanities and STEM.

Some of the topics being discussed include, psychology, journalism and astronomy. Andrew Vanture, Cynthia Clarke and Andrew Wahl are some of the teachers who will be speaking throughout the series.

This speaker series is open to the entire campus and community. The talks are free to anyone who is interested. These presentations will be held at EvCC in the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center room 106, from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

The Faustian Bargain is, as told in the legend, the story of a man who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. Dictionary.com says, when someone is willing to sacrifice anything for knowledge or power it is called, “striking a Faustian Bargain.”

The EvCC event page asks, “How can STEM & Humanities work together to prevent or to solve the seemingly intractable problems resulting from these unintended consequences?” This series of talks may help to answer this and many other questions on unintended consequences.