To begin a tradition of Q&A visits from philosophically sophisticated authors in Philosophy 154: Science Fiction and Philosophy.
To connect students with the philosophical thinking of Ted Chiang, on the subject of looks-based discrimination and inequality.
To acquaint students with the ways that philosophy entered into Chiang's writing process in his story "Liking What You See"
Chiang's Q&A with the students was successful and very in-depth. The video recording of the Q&A will allow me to use it for instruction when I teach this reading to future students in future semesters. I was also able to arrange several meals which exposed our graduate students to Chiang and his ideas. This was one of the most enriching parts of the visit. Additionally, I have confirmed that author visits are a useful instructional tool which should be used in future semesters.