Lillian H. Smith Library: Our Manifest Galaxy: A Performance About Space Exploration

Our Manifest Galaxy: A Performance About Space Exploration
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Is space ours to explore and conquer at any cost? Who gets to decide who colonizes space? And how do our journeys into space inform the way we see ourselves, and the way we treat our home, Earth?

Artist Pamela Neil, AnishinaabeKwe social innovator Melanie Goodchild, and observational astrophysicist Renée Hložek present Our Manifest Galaxy, an oral performance designed to bring the audience squarely into the conversation about space exploration.

Our Manifest Galaxy is sponsored by the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Faculty of Arts and Science Deans Fund at the University of Toronto, with support from the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the Toronto Public Library.

The space is accessible to those with mobility issues, and an ASL interpreter will sign the performance.

Pamela Neil was born in Sydney, Australia and originally studied philosophy at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. She created her first oral performance in 1998 titled, 'China: another point of view' and moved to England in 2001. She is currently developing new works looking at aspects of migration, colonizing space, sexuality and mental health, some of which will be performed as audio podcasts. Pamela lives in North London.

Melanie Goodchild is Anishinaabe, moose clan, a member of the Biigtigong Nishnawbeg in northwestern Ontario. She is a Research Fellow and Indigenous Ambasssador with the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR). Melanie also sits on the national boards of the Canadian Risks and Hazards Network (CRHNet) and Rhizome Institute for the Future of Food (RIFF).

Renée Hložek is an Assistant Professor of Astrophysics at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She studies a variety of problems in theoretical and observational cosmology. Her research focuses on understanding what the Universe is made of, its structure and how it is changing with time. She is a TED Senior Fellow and a Rhodes Scholar.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: Toronto Public Library and the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
Location: Lillian H. Smith Library Auditorium, 239 College Street, Toronto, ON