To Make a Man Appreciate the Creation of God: Space Travel and the Sacred
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1142 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus
Outer space is often connected symbolically and even theologically to the concept of "the heavens". This program explores the idea of stars, planets and other heavenly bodies as objects that hold religious significance, the way that space exploration (and resultant images from space) influence and are influenced by religious beliefs, and how religious practices are modified when they take place in space.
The lecture, "To Make a Man Appreciate the Creation of God: Space Travel and the Sacred," will be presented by Deana Weibel and Glen Swanson. Weibel, associate professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at Grand Valley, is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses primarily on religion, especially the topics of pilgrimage and sacred space. Glen Swanson, an instructor of physics at Grand Valley, worked for NASA as historian of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
This program is in conjunction with the "History of Space Photography" exhibit. Free and open to the public. RSVP for this event at http://www.gvsu.edu/artgallery/module-event-rsvp.htm?eventId=A11CB3C5-F8CE-8E5C-F650E02BA9C8EF9F