Hobart alum Justin E.A. Busch ’81 adds to his extensive list of accomplishments the recent publication of his first book, “The Utopian Vision of H.G. Wells.” Busch is a composer, musician and a widely published writer.
The book analyzes and establishes the evolutionary utopian ideas of H.G. Wells, starting with a specific examination of the variety of people that could build and thrive in ideal societies, as well as the social, aesthetic and intellectual characteristics of utopian life in Wells’ books. The book then goes on to discuss the importance of the state and the way in which Wells’ utopian view mandates a long-term promise to expanding freedom. “The Utopian Vision of H.G. Wells” concludes with how utopian thought can significantly change the reader’s sense of his or her own standing in relation to current and future societies.
Busch has had writings on music, film and philosophy published in numerous journals, including The Clarinet (U.S.), Wagner (U.K.), CineAction (Canada), and Aspekt (Slovakia). In addition to having hundreds of book and concert reviews published in various periodicals, and wine columns in two independent magazines, his fiction work has been published in “Hooligan Follies” and “Challenging Destiny.”
He is an internationally performed and published composer and author. He is a past prize winner of the composition contests held by the Anchorage Flute Society and Zeitgeist, a new music ensemble that resides in St. Paul, Minn., where he currently lives. Over the years, numerous dance and theater groups have commissioned him to create music for their productions and in June of 2008, the first CD featuring his music, including his most famous piece “Destiny and Desire,” was released by TraumSpiel Music.
Busch was a philosophy major at Hobart and earned his master’s in humanities from Old Dominion University. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Queen’s University and has since taught philosophy, history and music history at various colleges and universities.