Spacy Crazy! Kids’ Letters to Astronauts
July 21, 2019 at 4pm
What was it like to be a kid during the “space craze,” when “cosmic enthusiasm” was igniting imaginations on both sides of the Cold War divide? Join Dr. Roshanna P. Sylvester for an entertaining and enlightening historical tour of Soviet and American childhood from Sputnik to Apollo. Kids’ perspectives come to life through their letters to the pioneering spacefarers Yuri Gagarin, John Glenn, and Valentina Tereshkova. Space-themed toys, games, music, movies, and TV will also be part of the show. In the famous words of Yuri Gagarin, “let’s go!”
Biography: Roshanna P. Sylvester joined the faculty at CU Boulder in January 2019 as a Scholar-in-Residence in the College of Media, Communication, and Information. Before coming to Boulder, she was a member of the history department and honors faculty at Cal State Fullerton and DePaul University, where she also served as Director of StudioCHI, DePaul’s digital humanities center. Originally from Milwaukee, Sylvester received her PhD in Russian history from Yale University and was a visiting fellow at the Clinton Institute of American Studies at University College Dublin. Sylvester is the author of nine scholarly journal articles and a book, Tales of Old Odessa: Crime and Civility in a City of Thieves (2005). She is currently at work on a second major project, A Sky Full of Stars: Girls and Space-Age Cultures in Cold War America and the Soviet Union.
Regular ticket prices apply ($10). Groupons can be used.