Thursday, March 9, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10 PM
Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Topic and Speaker: ‘Are We Special?’ – Engaging
the Public with Astronomy and Nature Education
Douglas N. Arion, PhD Director, Carthage Institute of Astronomy, Carthage College President, Galileoscope LLC
One of the reasons human culture thinks itself more important and more valuable than other life forms, and deserving of the use of any and all resources on Earth, is the disconnect between themselves and the greater Universe. Astronomy is the perfect mechanism to re-create that engagement, and to alter perspectives about mankind’s place in the ‘big picture’, eliciting changes in attitudes and behaviors. Since 2012 a large-scale education and outreach effort based on astronomy has been conducted in a partnership between Carthage College and the Appalachian Mountain Club, through which more than 35,000 members of the public have received programming, and undergraduate science students and AMC permanent and seasonal staff and volunteers have been trained in science communication skills. This presentation will discuss the methods by which we engage the public, the ‘messaging’ we aim to achieve, and fascinating examples of the linkages between astronomy science content and human existence.
Dr. Douglas Arion is Director of the Carthage Institute of Astronomy, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Donald D. Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Carthage College. He manages a partnership between Carthage and the Appalachian Mountain Club to offer astronomy programs and observing opportunities at AMC facilities and New Hampshire state parks, and operates telescopes at AMC’s lodges and high mountain huts. He is a Lifetime member of the International Dark Sky Association, and serves on both the American Astronomical Society and International Astronomical Union commissions on dark skies preservation. For the International Year of Astronomy-2009, he, along with Rick Fienberg, co-founded Galileoscope LLC to develop, manufacture, and distribute high quality low cost telescopes for worldwide promotion of science education and outreach. Arion is actively involved in promoting technology entrepreneurship education. He founded the ScienceWorks entrepreneurship program at Carthage in 1994, and supported the creation of the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation.
Friday, March 10 - Saturday, March 25, 2017, see website for show times; tickets required
The Mosesian Center for the Arts
At Harvard Observatory at the turn of the 20th century, Henrietta Leavitt joins a group of women tasked with charting the heavens without being allowed to touch a telescope. Despite restrictions placed on her because of her sex, Henri devotes her life to the study of celestial bodies just out of reach, balancing the needs of love and family close at hand. Inspired by the real-life woman whose work allowed astronomers to measure the distance of faraway galaxies, Lauren Gunderson's melodious, evocative Silent Sky challenges how we explore our universe by revealing the music of the stars.
Silent Sky is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Join Us for Post-show Talkbacks
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2pm: Lindsay Smith,
Curator of Astronomical Photographs & Archivist at the
plate stacks at Harvard College Observatory
Friday, March 17, 2017, 8pm: Dava Sobel, New York Times best-selling author of The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars (also joined by Lindsay Smith)
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2pm: Lindsay Smith, Curator of Astronomical Photographs & Archivist at the plate stacks at Harvard College Observatory
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
Two Special Performances
$10 members, $15 students, $20 nonmembers. Free for children 16 and under
The Asia/America New Music
Institute and PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin
invite you on an interstellar adventure about growing
up, facing fear and making art. Using lighting and
projections to lift the Atrium into outer space, this
music experience will delight the whole family. Learn
aanmi.org. . .
.Wear your pajamas and get comfortable. Performance includes milk and cookies.18 and older concert
.8:30 pm | Atrium
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 PM
CfA Public Observatory Night
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Topic and Speaker; "The Glass Universe", Dava Sobel
"The Glass Universe," Dava Sobel's latest masterpiece, tells the story of the women who worked at the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. Hired by Edward Pickering because they were meticulous - and cheap labor - these women toiled over hundreds of thousands of glass photographic plates to carefully record the precious data contained therein. In the process, these hidden figures discovered the substance of the stars and the distances to them.