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This Weekend at the Golden Notebook
HeatherAsh Amara, "Awaken Your Inner Fire"
Event Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Friends of Jeremy Wilber Read Jeremy
Please join The Golden Notebook and The Colony for a special event. Alix Wilber, Gilles Malkine, Frank Spinelli, Bill McKenna, Gioia Timpanelli, and Robert Burke Warren will read excerpts of Jeremy's recently published book, The Irvington with Strange Logic, Select Work by Jeremy Wilber."The Irvington, where derelicts and divas collide and stop NYC in its tracks.Strange Logic, a parade of memories."
Event Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 3:00pm
Neil Maher, "Apollo In The Age of Aquarius"
The summer of 1969 saw astronauts land on the moon for the first time and hippie hordes descend on Woodstock for a legendary music festival. For Neil M. Maher, the conjunction of these two era-defining events is not entirely coincidental. Apollo in the Age of Aquarius shows how the celestial aspirations of NASA’s Apollo space program were tethered to terrestrial concerns, from the civil rights struggle and the antiwar movement to environmentalism, feminism, and the counterculture.
With its lavishly funded mandate to send a man to the moon, Apollo became a litmus test in the 1960s culture wars. Many people believed it would reinvigorate a country that had lost its way, while for others it represented a colossal waste of resources needed to solve pressing problems at home. Yet Maher also discovers synergies between the space program and political movements of the era. Photographs of “Whole Earth” as a bright blue marble heightened environmental awareness, while NASA’s space technology allowed scientists to track ecological changes globally. The space agency’s exclusively male personnel sparked feminist debates about opportunities for women. Activists pressured NASA to apply its technical know-how to ending the Vietnam War and helping African Americans by reducing energy costs in urban housing projects. Particularly during the 1970s, as public interest in NASA waned, the two sides became dependent on one another for political support.
Against a backdrop of Saturn V moonshots and Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius brings the cultural politics of the space race back down to planet Earth.
Neil M. Maher is Associate Professor of History at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University–Newark.
Event Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm