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More Than "Just Uhura": Understanding Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, Civil Rights, and Space History

  • McCarthy Center Forum 100 State Street Framingham, MA, 01702 United States (map)

This event was rescheduled from January 31, 2019 and is free and open to the public, but registration is required. You may register here:

Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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.

Sponsored by: Framingham State University Arts & Ideas Program

Air and Space Curator Margaret Weitekamp Explains Why Star Trek Matters & Additional Resources
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Dr. Margaret Weitekamp is a curator in the Space History Department of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Weitekamp curates the museum's social and cultural dimensions of spaceflight collection, which includes more than 4,000 artifacts of space memorabilia and space science fiction objects. Weitekamp earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. During her graduate work, she was a Mellon fellow in the humanities and spent a year in residence at the NASA Headquarters History Office in Washington, D.C. as the American Historical Association / NASA Aerospace History Fellow. Her book, Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America's First Women in Space Program (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004; paperback 2006), won the 2004 Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature from the American Astronautical Society.