The next guest in the series Cold War Spaces this coming Wednesday is Asif Siddiqi, Professor of History and Director of the O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism at Fordham University, with whom I will speak about outer space. Siddiqi has published two widely acknowledged books on space exploration: Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945-1974 (2000), and The Red Rockets’ Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857-1957 (2010). Among his many research interests are postcolonial science in India, expert communities in the Stalinist gulag system, and the history of the Indian space program.
Under the title “From Russia with Space: Cold War Cosmic Imaginations,” we will talk about the role of creative and visionary minds in the origins and development of space travel, and touch upon the globalization of space exploration.
Wednesday, June 10, 12 p.m. Pacific Time. RSVP link:
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