ONE GIANT LEAP: Apollo 11 @ 50 Conference

The Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969, marked a watershed moment in human history for science, engineering, and culture -- in the United States and around the globe. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark, the Hofstra Cultural Center, in partnership with the Cradle of Aviation Museum, presents an interdisciplinary conference, featuring speakers on both the scientific and technological dimensions of the landing on the moon and its cultural and political repercussions, both on Long Island and around the world.


Keynote Academic Speaker: Dr. Matthew H. Hersch, J.D., Assistant Professor of the History of Science Harvard University; Author of Inventing the American Astronaut (2012)
Featured SpeakersDr. Kimberly Gilmore, Senior Historian; Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, The History Channel/A+E Networks and Mike Stiller, Vice President, Development and Programming at A+E Networks


SIGNATURE SPEAKER: Dr. Mae Jemison--Tuesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Mae C. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching nonprofit initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star 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.  


The conference is presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Cradle of Aviation Museum




Dates: April 2-3, 2019

Location: Hofstra University

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Call for Papers


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

Tuesday, April 02, 2019



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