Shooting the Moon: Space Technology, Earthbound Nature, and the New Left During the Vietnam War - Neil MaherSunday, February 11, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Neil Maher’s lecture will examine the shared history of the space race to the moon and the Vietnam War during the 1960s and 1970s. He will begin by describing NASA’s history, often hidden from public view, of developing space technologies for use in the war in Southeast Asia. He will then highlight opposition to such efforts by anti-war activists from the New Left who protested on college campuses across the United States. He will conclude by analyzing how such opposition forced NASA to scrap its space technology developed for the war and begin developing alternative space technologies that would aid developing countries across Southeast Asia.
Neil M. Maher is an associate professor of history in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark, where he teaches environmental and political history on the undergraduate and graduate levels. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1986, Maher received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2001. In March 2017 he published his second book, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius (Harvard University Press). His first book, Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (Oxford University Press, 2008), received the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award in 2009 for the best monograph in conservation history. He has been invited to give public lectures at institutions including the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. See registration link for more details.
Location: Wilton Library
Lecture sponsor: Janice and Michael Hess
Moderator: Max Gabrielson