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Matt Shindell

Virtual Author Talk

2024-06-03 11:00:00 2024-06-03 12:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Matt Shindell Online Event -

Monday, June 03
11:00am - 12:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-06-03 11:00:00 2024-06-03 12:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Matt Shindell For the Love of Mars surveys the red planet's place in the human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present moment of exploration and virtual engagement. Online Event -

For the Love of Mars surveys the red planet's place in the human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present moment of exploration and virtual engagement.

Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Due to its vivid color and visibility, geologic kinship with Earth, and potential as our best hope for settlement, Mars embodies everything that inspires us about space and exploration. For the Love of Mars surveys the red planet's place in the human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present moment of exploration and virtual engagement.

You’re invited to come learn alongside Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum curator, as he introduces viewers to historical figures across eras and around the world who have made sense of this mysterious planet. Shindell will highlight historical figures such as: 

Mayan astrologer priests who incorporated Mars into seasonal calendars and religious ceremonies; 
Babylonian astrologers who discerned bad omens; 
figures of the Scientific Revolution who struggled to comprehend it as a world; 
Victorian astronomers who sought signs of intelligent life; and
20th- and 21st-century scientists who have established a technological presence on its surface. 
Along the way, we will encounter writers and artists from each period who take readers and viewers on imagined journeys to Mars.

 By focusing on the diverse human stories behind the telescopes and behind the robots we know and love, Shindell will show how Mars exploration has evolved in ways that have also expanded knowledge about other facets of the universe. Register now for this captivating voyage through time!

About the Author: Matthew Shindell, Ph.D., is a historian of science with a background in science studies. He is Curator of Earth and Planetary Science at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He is responsible for the Museum’s collection of spacecraft, instruments, and other artifacts related to the exploration and study of our Earth and solar system. He co-hosts the Museum’s podcast, AirSpace. He curated the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Exploring the Planets, and is leading a curatorial team developing the exhibition Futures in Space. Shindell is the author of For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet (2023) and The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey (2019), coauthor of Spaceships (2023), Our Future in Space (2023), and Discerning Experts (2019), and co-editor of Smithsonian American Women (2019).

Free Admission
Registration required for virtual author talk
Video recording available of past author talks available at libraryc.org/glendalelibrary/archive
To learn more about Glendale Library, Arts & Culture virtual author talks, please visit libraryc.org/glendalelibrary 

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Special Events | Interview | Author Talk |

TAGS: | virtualauthortalks | online | book talks | Authortalk |

Online Event

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Phone: 818-548-2021

Hours
Mon, Jun 17 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jun 18 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jun 19 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jun 20 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jun 21 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jun 22 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jun 23 1:00PM to 6:00PM

Upcoming events

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New date Wednesday, June 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Tue, Jul 09, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm