Coming next week:
RELEASED: Feb. 2, 2006
DANVILLE, KYIn the immortal words of ex-Go-Go Belinda Carlisle, "Heaven is a place on Earth."
Which is the most-perfect ideal society? The Centre community (in itself a utopian place to many), along with the general public, is invited to choose.
Each member of the winning team will receive a grab bag of utopian goodies, including the classic Fountains of Wayne album Utopia Parkway; dinner on the Communications Office at Lynn's Paradise Café in Louisville; a fruitcake from Gethsemani Abbey (one of the utopian communities visited by the class); and if we can find one, a souvenir of Paradise, Pa.
The criteria for these utopian societies are simple in concept (if difficult in practice): the idealized community must be workable, self-sustaining, and present a convincing picture of "the good life."
Web voters will be asked to choose among three utopias created by Centre students and judged by the class to be most compelling:
Watch the Web site for a follow-up story next week, the debut of the Pick the Ultimate Utopia Web pages, and instructions on how to vote.The winning team will be announced in the coming weeks.
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