Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
About the Program
Dune by Frank Herbert is a hero’s journey layered with the personal, social, and political complexity of our lives. The Dune cultures and characters were realized with elements of Zensunni faith, Arabic language and customs, Jungian psychology, Machiavellian politics, an ecological message, a messianic legend, an oppressed native population, and various factions vying for control of the “spice” trade. All combined, their exploits effectively bring about ecological disaster for the desert planet Dune.
Join us for the Dune Speaker’s Series, an inter-disciplinary collaboration of California State University, Fullerton faculty and guest speakers discussing the present-day relevance of the political, social and environmental themes in the novel and their implications on contemporary society.
Program Series Events
Please refer to each event page for location and full details.
- Friday, October 2, 2015 (1:00pm-2:00pm): The Popcorn Theory of Success (Creative Writing Seminar) by Kevin J. Anderson.
Saturday, October 3, 2015:
Exhibit Launch & Keynote Talks
- Keynote Address: Living with Frank Herbert’s Legacy: 50 Years of DUNE by Kevin J. Anderson.
- Keynote Reception Talk: Pioneering Aquaponic Farming in Orange Countyby Chef Adam Navidi.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 (11:00am-12:00pm):
Water Talks: Lecture and Arboretum Tour
- Lecture: Every Last Drop - Extracting Water from Fog by Dr. Daniel M. Fernandez.
- Arboretum Tours: Coping with the Drought: Landscape Water Conservation
- Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (1:00pm-2:00pm): You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time... None of the People All of the Time: A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More! by Dr. Rosanne Welch.
- Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (11:30am-12:30pm): The Road to Arrakis: Dune and a Sustainable Future by Dr. John Bock.
- Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (1:30pm-2:30pm): Archiving the Future: Willis McNelly and Science Fiction in CSUF's Special Collections by Dr. David Sandner.
- Friday, October 23, 2015 (10:30am): Natural Resource Management Panel
- Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (11:00am-12:00pm): River to the Sky: How Plants Move Our World's Water by Dr. Jochen Schenk.
- Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (3:00pm): General Education Pathways Panel
- Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (1:00pm-2:00pm): The Spice Must Flow: The Short, Intense Trip of N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) by Dr. Jonathan Taylor.
Exhibits & Displays
- September 18 - December 20, 2015 (Book Display): Science in Popular Media and Banned Books: Science Fiction and Fantasy.
- October 3 - December 23, 2015 (Featured Exhibition): Dune: From Print to Cinema and Beyond .
Films & Fandom
- Monday, October 19, 2015 (8:00am-4:00pm): Jodorowsky's Dune (Documentary Film) screening.
- Monday, October 26, 2015 (8:00am-9:45pm): Dune Motion Picture screening.
- Friday, November 6, 2015 (3:00pm-5:00pm): Costume Contest.
- December 1 - December 22, 2015: Dune Art Silent Auction
About the Collection
In 1967, Frank Herbert approached California State University, Fullerton literature professor Willis McNelly to inquire if he was interested in acquiring the Dune manuscripts. Shortly thereafter, Professor McNelly returned from a visit to the Herbert's with a trunk full of boxes. Frank Herbert contributed manuscripts from his entire Dune series (The Dune Chronicles), short stories, California Living articles, correspondence, and research files from that point forward until his death in 1986. The collection also includes all of Herbert's personal copies of his books, both hardback and paperback, including The Dune Chronicles in every language in which they have been published.
In the News
- 12-04-2015 - Dune Silent Art Auction Underway , CSUF News Center
- 10-08-2015 - 'Dune' Exhibit a Collaborative Effort , Orange County Register
- 09-23-2015 - 'Dune' Message Is Timeless , CSUF News Center
- 09-20-2015 - 'Dune' Exhibition Opening at CSUF's Pollak Library , Orange County Register
- 08-27-2015 - Celebrating 50th Anniversary of 'Dune,' CSUF News Service
- 04-06-2015 - Manuscripts for Science-Fiction Book Will be Displayed in Library , Daily Titan
- 02-27-2014 - Remembering Science Fiction Author Frank Herbert: Highlighting His Archives In the Pollak Library, The Pollak Library Blog
- 10-01-2013 - Ray Bradbury's Original Manuscript "Fahrenheit 451" at Cal State Fullerton , Orange County Register