Location: Conference Space (rooms A2, B2 and C2), 2nd floor, New Student Centre
An exploration of the importance of religion and art in sowing the seeds of success of the US space program in the 1940s-1950s, and the roles of Chesley Bonestell, Willy Ley, and Werner von Braun in inspiring a technological and scientific faith that awoke a deep-seated belief in a sense of divine destiny to conquer the “final frontier”.
About the Speaker
Prof. Newell’s research interest lies in the conjoined histories of religion and science (specifically technology, ecology, and medicine). She is particularly interested in how scientific paradigms frequently owe their genesis to a religious idea, or spiritual belief. Her most recent work examines “food faiths”, in which individuals in contemporary society use scientific concepts about food and diet as the basis for a spiritual practice. In addition to this current book project, she has published articles and book chapters on dystopic science fiction and nature religion; the spiritual origins of vegetarianism in America; and how Biblical injunctions to “rule over the Earth” still inflect debates about environmental science and management in the 21st-century.