Event features free food along with a screening of Star Trek: The Original Series and expert panelists
Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination and NewSpace Initiative will present the latest installment of the Science Fiction TV Dinner series on Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 pm at the Marston Exploration Theater on ASU’s Tempe campus.
The event, focused on the classic television series Star Trek: The Original Series, will feature Scott Parazynski, ASU’s University Explorer, former NASA astronaut, and Mount Everest climber, alongside Marcy Steinke, a retired Air Force Colonel, former Director of the White House Operations Directorate under Presidents Bush and Obama, and Senior Vice President of Government Relations at DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of high-resolution satellite images of Earth. The event is part of ASU’s celebration of World Space Week (October 4-10), an annual international celebration of space science and technology coordinated by the United Nations.
The event is free and open to the public, with reservations requested through asustartrek.eventbrite.com. Dinner and beverages, including a vegetarian option, will be provided for free to the first 150 attendees.
Before the event, at 4:30 pm, the NewSpace Initiative will host a public reception with light refreshments in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4) lobby.
The Science Fiction TV Dinner series is a launch pad for imaginative conversations about science, technology, art and society. Founded in 2012, the series has developed an enthusiastic following at ASU and beyond, providing the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together, learn, and explore visions of the future in an entertaining and informal setting. Previous events have featured popular science fiction shows such as The Walking Dead, Star Trek and The Jetsons.
This installment of the series will feature a screening of “The Trouble with Tribbles,” a canonical episode of Star Trek: The Original Series that premiered in 1967. The episode features furry, unforgettably-adorable little creatures (the titular “tribbles”) and explores issues of interplanetary commerce and foreign policy relations between humans and other species expanding throughout the cosmos.
Following the screening, Center for Science and the Imagination director Ed Finn will moderate a conversation with Parazynski and Steinke, drawing on their expertise in space science and exploration and examining the scientific, technological, and cultural aspects of the episode.
“The Science Fiction TV Dinner series uses compelling stories as a gateway to important issues in science and technology as well as ethics and society,” says Finn. “I’m excited to delve into the imagination and artistry that goes into creating Star Trek’s vision of the future, and to use this classic episode as a starting point for thinking about the economic and political aspects of a spacefaring future for humans.”
For more information, visit asustartrek.eventbrite.com.
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