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Cultural Center

Hofstra Cultural Center

in collaboration with the
Cradle of Aviation Museum

ONE GIANT LEAP: Apollo 11 @ 50

Tuesday and Wednesday
April 2-3, 2019


Call for Papers • Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration with the Cradle of Aviation Museum presents One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 @ 50 • Tuesday and Wednesday• April 2-3, 2019

The Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969, marked a watershed moment in human history for science, engineering, and culture, not only in the United States, but around the globe. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark series of events, the Cultural Center at Hofstra University, in partnership with the Cradle of Aviation Museum, invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary conference, One Giant Leap: Apollo 11 @50, to be held on the Hofstra campus April 2-3, 2019. The conference will consider both the scientific and technological dimensions of the landing on the moon and its cultural and political repercussions, both locally on Long Island and around the world.

Keynote Academic Speaker: Matthew H. Hersch, JD., PhD, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University; Author of Inventing the American Astronaut (2012)

Featured Speakers:
Kimberly Gilmore, PhD Senior Historian; Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, The History Channel/A+E Networks
Mike Stiller, Vice President, Development and Programming, ; Executive Producer of an upcoming Apollo 11 documentary at A+E Networks

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Mae C. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far-reaching nonprofit initiative to ensure the capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system within the next 100 years. Jemison is building a multi-faceted global community to foster the cultural, scientific, social and technical commitment, support, and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision-An Inclusive, Audacious Journey (that) Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond.

Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. Aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour's, STS-47 Spacelab -J mission in September 1992, she performed experiments in material science, life sciences, and human adaptation to weightlessness

Dr. Mae C. Jemison



Application materials should be directed to the conference co-directors at the
Hofstra Cultural Center at hofculctr[at]hofstra.edu.


J Bret Bennington, PhD
Professor of Geology and Chair
Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

Rodney F. Hill, PhD
Associate Professor of Film
Department of Radio, Television, Film
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Hofstra University

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/apollo11.