11 April 2018 — 12:00 noon — CLA 1.302B

Neil M Maher (Rutgers University)

“Apollo in the Age of Aquarius: How Grassroots Politics Grounded the Space Race”

In this talk, Neil Maher will describe the surprising relationship between national efforts to place humans on the moon and the more grassroots political struggles of the 1960s era, including those of the civil rights, antiwar, environmental, feminist, and counterculture movements. Maher will pay particular attention to the case study of environmentalism, and explain how this grassroots movement
both influenced, and was influenced by, the space race during and after
NASA’s Apollo mission.


Neil Maher is a professor of history in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark. His research interests include 20th-century environmental and political history, the history of technology and medicine, and cultural landscapes.

Maher’s new book, “Apollo in the Age of Aquarius,” was published by Harvard University Press in March 2017.

This talk is sponsored by the History Department, the American Studies
Department, and the History and Philosopny of Science Colloquium.