Life on the Moon: Literary and Scientific Reflections
30 August—13 December 2013
From Lucian's True History up to H.G. Wells's The First Men in the Moon, this exhibition will trace the scientific and literary background of speculation about life on the Moon. Also on display are three artifacts from the Apollo 16 mission, including a moon rock on loan from NASA, and a map used on the Moon by the Apollo 16 astronauts from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The exhibition will run from August 30 through December 13. In addition, curators Patrick Fadely and Marten Stromberg will give a tour of the exhibition on November 13 at 3:00 p.m. The exhibition opens on August 30 with an Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities sponsored lecture by H.G. Wells scholar Dr. Simon J. James of Durham University on Wells's novel, The First Men in the Moon. Additional moon-related lectures will take place during the course of the exhibition and other events will be hosted throughout Champaign-Urbana to bring the focus of our scope on the inspiring, constant companion, the Moon. Go to go.illinois.edu/moon for more information on the various events planned around the exhibition.