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The Humanities in Spaaaace!: Mars

October 17, 2016 @ 12:00 am

On Monday, October 17th, 2016 (4:30-7:00 and 7:00-9:00 pm, DePaul Student Center, Room 120), join us in exploring -


The DHC kicks off its yearlong investigation into the relations among the humanities, arts, and space-sciences with a celebration of The Red Planet. After a screening of the 2015 movie, “The Martian,” (4:30-7:00 pm) the evening continues with live performances on period instruments of “The Descent of Mars” from Jean Baptiste Lully’s Thésée (1675) as well as music composed by Vicenzo Galilei (Galileo’s father). Lectures will focus on themes of imperialism, colonialism, and anti-environmentalism in science fiction’s treatment of Mars; how science and art come together when finding ways to visualize telemetry data received from the Mars Curiosity rover; and how the great “canal controversy” of the late-1800s led to claims about Martian landscape, geography, and culture that were tied to geopolitical concerns in colonial Europe and gilded-age America.

Free delicious Martian treats for the first 100 audience members in attendance!

Chris Pak Editor, The Science Fiction Research Association Review “‘A Symbiotic Culture, Earth and Mars’: The Imagination of Mars in Science Fiction”

Rachel Binx NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory “The Visual Display of Telemetric Data”

K. Maria D. Lane Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico. “Geographies of Mars”

The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble Brandi Berry, baroque violin Kiyoe Matsuura, baroque violin Anna Steinhoff, viola da gamba Dave Walker, theorbo


October 17, 2016
12:00 am
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DePaul Humanities Center


DePaul University Student Center
2250 North Sheffield Road, Room 120, Chicago, IL 60614 United States

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