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Apollo in the Age of Aquarius

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Apollo in the Age of Aquarius

Time: February 6, 2018 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Beacon Sloop Club
Street: 2 Red Flynn Dr
City/Town: Beacon
Website or Map: http://http//:www.beaconsloop…
Phone: (845) 463-4660, (914) 879-1082
Event Type: free, lecture, and, book, signing
Organized By: Alan Thomas
Latest Activity: Feb 1

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Event Description

On Tuesday February 6th at 7:00 pm The Beacon Sloop Club’s 2018 Winter Lecture Series will present Apollo in the Age of Aquarius: how the 1960s generation grounded the space race with Neil Maher, PhD.

   Dr. Maher will discuss the civil rights movement, the environmental movement, and the women's movement.  How each one protested against NASA and the moonshot, and how NASA responded by turning some of its technology back around towards problems on earth.

   On the eve of Apollo 11’s launch, during the summer of 1969, civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy marched to Cape Canaveral to demand that funding proposed for NASA be redirected towards urban problems plaguing minorities in America’s cities.

   Just as women had marched, protested, and lobbied the halls of Congress during the 1910s for the right to vote, feminists during the 1960s demanded equality for women in space.

   The popular environmental slogan “Think Globally, Act Locally” began appearing on car bumper stickers across the United States during the late 1960s, the phrase usually accompanied by a large, blue and white photograph of the Earth. NASA took that photograph from space, this powerful image of “Whole Earth” helped give rise to the modern environmental movement.

Neil Maher is an associate professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, where he teaches US environmental and political history. Neil has published articles in academic journals including the Hudson River Valley Review, and served as Historical Advisor for a PBS American Experience documentary on Franklin Roosevelt.

   This free event is made possible through the NYS Public Scholars program with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information visit our website www.beaconsloopclub.org or call (845) 463-4660, (914) 879-1082

 

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