All of our events are free and open to the public.
Frank White will discuss the little-known fact that President John Kennedy wanted Apollo to be a multi-national mission, not a “space race.” Think of the impact on history if the astronauts on Apollo 11 had been Russian and American. That was President Kennedy’s dream, cut short by his untimely death.
This exhibition of Michael Dixon’s current work illustrates recent developments in African-American art by focusing on transformations of racial and interracial identities. Audiences will see how Dixon’s work visually changes from the civil rights era of the Sixties, which emphasized African-American accomplishments and the establishment of rights, to later forms that address self-reflection and individual identity.
We invite Congressman Kennedy to offer a reflection on President Kennedy’s exhortation “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”
How can we channel this spirit to trigger in us an urgency to tackle the great challenges of our world today?
1969: revolution was stirring around the world. In the United States, spurred on by the Anti-war, Women’s, and Black Power Movements, the Gay Liberation Movement was born. Half a century later, the LGBTQ Movement is very different. Come hear activist, author, and Harvard Professor Michael Bronski discuss the forgotten history of Gay Liberation and what it means for us today.
Come hear Alex Gourevitch, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University, discuss the radicalism of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil disobedience. King was no moderate. Assassinated while supporting a major strike, King is best seen as part of the 1968 revival of a long tradition of mass law-breaking that we can trace backwards through a hundred years of labor radicalism.
Earthrise, a documentary film by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, tells the story of the iconic image of the Earth taken from space in 1968 on Apollo 8. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.
Framingham State faculty will explore the 1968 events that had a major influence on shaping the historical, social, and cultural landscape of the decade 1962-1972, characterized the years of the Apollo program, and still have an impact on today’s world. The conversation will focus on the Vietnam War, social movements, visual arts, and education reforms.
Dr. Weitekamp invites us to explore the impact of Lt. Uhura on American culture and society. Introduced in Gene Roddenberry's original television program in 1966, Lt. Uhura is arguably the most historically significant character of the Star Trek franchise. As a woman of color depicted in popular culture, in a period of tremendous change for African Americans and women in the United States, she both evoked and played against the contemporary historical context.
Dr. Lewis and Dr. Newman will explore the evolution and development of space suits from both engineering and historical and cultural points of view. Panelists will also discuss how challenges of future space missions are changing the design of the suits.
Begun in 1969, published in 1971, and named by the United States Library of Congress as one of 88 books that shaped America, Our Bodies, Ourselves grew out of the second wave Women’s Movement and brought new perspectives on women, health, and sexuality into mainstream discourse. This joint presentation by co-author of the original book, Judy Norsigian, and Aziza Ahmed, who is familiar with more recent editions of the book, will explore the book’s impact both then and now, as the book celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Wernher von Braun, who led both the V-2 ballistic missile and Saturn V moon rocket projects, has often been reduced to a stereotype: either as the great pioneer of space or a Nazi villain. From Dr. Neufeld’s research, a much more ambiguous and complex figure emerges, instead.
Drawing on a vast array of black women's artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups, such as the Black Panther Party, founded in 1966, and the Congress of African People, founded in 1970, Farmer’s talk shows how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, identity, and Black Power.
In 1957, the first Sputnik propelled the USSR to leadership in space. Shocked, America mobilized to demonstrate its technology surpassed Russia's - a furious, decade-long race ensued. But, it wasn't obvious until the finish line that Neil Armstrong, and not Alexei Leonov, would be first to walk on another world. Join Dr. McDowell in an exciting review of the events that marked a pivotal moment in history.
Dr. Battat will share updates on the precision tests of gravity with the Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation (APOLLO) project that uses Apollo-era mirrors left on the lunar surface. The talk is introduced and complemented by a full dome planetarium presentation by Mary MacDonald of the McAuliffe Center.
Kowal Arcand and MacDonald will present an original, full dome planetarium production they created to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the Chandra X-ray Observatory (July 23, 1999 – 2019).
Family friendly activities and formal panel discussion
Event organized and coordinated by the McAuliffe Center and the MetroWest STEM Education Network
We will bring back together all major themes emerged over 15 months of presentations, panels discussions, conversations with the audience, exhibits, student projects, and more to reflect on how we will shape the future of our country, our world, and of space exploration.