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From Lucian's True History up to H.G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon, this exhibition will trace the scientific and literary background of speculation about life on the moon. Books and manuscript exhibits from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Illinois will illustrate the history of writing about the Moon, from the Roman Lucian, through the first telescopic observations of the Moon, its investment as a proxy for thinking anew about human society and multiple worlds, and on into the opportunity for stories of science-based adventure. Also on display will be three artifacts from the Apollo 16 mission; including a moon rock sample on loan from NASA, and two artifacts used on the moon's surface on loan from Kennesaw State University.
The exhibition opens with a lecture by Wells' scholar Dr. Simon J. James from Durham University on H. G. Wells's The First Men in the Moon on Friday, August 30 at 3 p.m. in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. This event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH).
Along with the exhibition, the event series "See You on the Moon," will feature a whole host of events including: a night reading at the Station Theatre in Urbana, storytelling at the Parkland Planetarium, an on-campus moon observation session by the Astronomy Department, "WOLF" (a performance art piece that is part of the "Unreliable Bestiary" series), a Moon-themed performance by the U of I Concert Jazz Band,, a harvest moon festival sponsored by Orchard Downs and the Japan House, children’s events at the Urbana and Champaign public libraries, and an Art Exhibition at the Independent Media Center to take place during the Pygmalion Music Festival.
More details can be found at the website: go.illinois.edu/moon