This first of two lectures on Utopia (literally “No Place”) focuses on Plato’s island of Atlantis which inspired Thomas More’s Utopia which in turn inspired Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis. From these three works we ask the following questions: What inspires visions of a better world, a utopia? Protest against the present? Hope for the future? Participants are encouraged to read especially Thomas More’s Utopia. (See class #93 for Part 2.)

Reverend Dr. Frank Yates is parish associate at First Presbyterian Church. He also teaches New Testament in the religious studies program at UNM, and philosophy and ethics at Lewis University, as well as at St. Norbert University in Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and UT Austin and has graduate degrees from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.