Wednesday, April 12, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

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Elizabeth Taylor 
America in Class® – National Humanities Center 

The U.S. in Space: Tensions and Paradoxes

Webinar Leader

W. Bernard Carlson

Joseph L. Vaughan Professor of Humanities, University of Virginia

Webinar Details

Many people assume that it was inevitable for the U.S. to undertake a massive space program, including a moon landing. Yet a closer look at the details of America's missions in space reveals a more complex story in which space technology has embodied tensions and paradoxes in American culture. Only by looking at the space program in connection with its political and social contexts can we understand the decisions made in the past and the choices that America and its leaders will face in the future.

A collaboration with National Council of History Educators

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on the role of technology in American history presented in collaboration with NCHE under a grant from the Library of Congress.