An exhibit and event series focusing on the moon kicks off today at the University of Illinois Library.
URBANA — An exhibit and event series focusing on the moon kicks off today (Friday, Aug. 30) at the University of Illinois Library.
The lunar-centric series launches at 3 p.m. today with a lecture by Simon James, professor at Durham University. His talk, "The Idea of a Planned World," is about the H.G. Wells book, "The First Men in the Moon," an early 20th century fictional lunar voyage. The event, at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is co-sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
The library's exhibition, "Life on the Moon: Literary and Scientific Reflections," highlights the history of scientific and literary speculation about life on the moon. It includes books from the UI's rare book collection and traces the history of lunar speculation. Among the artifacts on display is a moon rock on loan from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The exhibition will be on display from Aug. 30 through Dec. 13. Curators Patrick Fadely and Marten Stromberg will give a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m. Nov. 13.
The event series, "See You on the Moon," will feature a variety of events around Champaign-Urbana: a reading at the Station Theatre in Urbana, storytelling at Parkland College's Staerkel Planetarium; moon observing on campus and several performances by arts groups.
Sponsors include the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Illinois Program for
Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study, the Station Theatre, the Parkland Planetarium, the Asian-American Cultural Center, the UI Astronomy Department, the U of I Concert Jazz Band, the Pygmalion Music Festival, Orchard Downs, the Japan House, the Art Theatre, the Art + Design Department, the Independent Media Center and the Iron Post.
Details are available at go.illinois.edu/moon.