Inside the Glass Universe

Date(s) - 11/17/17
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Adler Planetarium

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Inside the Glass Universe

WBEZ – Adler

Friday, November 17 @ 8:00pm – 9:30pm

An evening with Award-Winning Author Dava Sorbel and Nerdette

Join the Adler Plantetarium and WBEZ Chicago for a special evening of space history and women in science as we welcome award-winning author Dava Sobel to discuss her book, The Glass Universe.

Sobel’s latest work explores the story of female “human computers” at the Harvard College Observatory in the 19th century. These women were put in charge of calculating the observations made by their male peers. As technology changed, these women went on to observe the stars on glass photographic plates–which helped them make their own discoveries!

The evening’s discussion, moderated by special guests Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen, will be recorded live for their Nerdette podcast from WBEZ.

Program Details:

$15 General Public
$12 Adler and WBEZ Members

8:00 – 9:00 pm
Johnson Family Star Theater
Brief presentation by Dava Sobel
Conversation led by Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen and recorded live for their Nerdette podcast
Audience Q&A

9:00 pm
Book signing and meet-and-greet with Dava Sobel

Member Experiece:
Members of the Adler and WBEZ are invited to attend a pre-program reception and enjoy preferred seating in the Johnson Family Star Theater.

7:00 – 8:00 pm
The Universe: A Walk Through Space And Time
Member Reception. Cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase.

About the Author
Dava Sobel
is an American writer of popular expositions of scientific topics. Her books include Longitude, about English clockmaker John Harrison, Galileo’s Daughter, about Galileo’s daughter Maria Celeste, and most recently, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars. The latter launched in 2016.

About Nerdette
A safe space for nerding out about all the things you’re watching, reading, listening to and encountering in real life. Hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen talk to people about their obsessions: from science to science fiction, great lady nerds of history to Beyoncé. Because what the world needs now is not another superhero, but for the glasses-clad alter ego to make you a podcast.



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