The Charted Cosmos: A Discussion on Astrology and Astronomy

May 21, 2021 | 7 - 8pm

Presented Online

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How do you engage with the sky? Join us as we discuss how astronomy and astrology as practices have a deep historical and cultural relationship, and continue to co-exist and inform each other today.  These two topics also bring up tensions in how we engage with both observational science and spiritual practice as human beings. During this live, intimate conversation, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in the complexities and relationships between astronomy and astrology. Join special guests and Museum experts as we explore the ways that humans make sense of the cosmos through these practices.

Conversation participants:

  • Callie Beusman, a journalist who has written extensively on witchcraft, new-age spirituality, and the history of occult practices. She also helped to launch the astrology section at VICE. Previously, she worked as news editor at New York magazine's The Cut (but also edited their horoscopes simply out of personal passion).
  • Jesse Shanahan, a machine learning developer with a background in astrophysics and a specialization in applications of AI/ML for humanitarian aid and disaster response. They are an active science communicator and advocate for disabled people in STEM with publications in Forbes, Science Magazine, and Astronomy Magazine.
  • Rebecca Ljungren, Museum educator at the National Air and Space Museum and moderator for this conversation

This event will be presented on Zoom with live closed captioning.

This program is a part of AirSpace, a satellite brand of the National Air and Space Museum focused on arts, entertainment, and (pop) culture.

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