What are the real life historical origins of steampunk? Why does the science fiction of the Victorian age appeal to us, & what are its roots in the actual discoveries & scientists of that time? How did thinkers in the past view the future & how are today's thinkers envisioning the future?
Join us for the Empiricist League's twentieth gathering, featuring presentations about the science of steampunk, past visions of urban futures, & designing outerwear for outer space.
Doors at 7pm. First speaker starts at 7:30pm.
CLOCKWORK FUTURES: The Science of Steampunk
Brandy Schillace, PhD, is a historian, author, & Senior Research Associate for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History (Case Western Reserve University). Brandy's recent books include DEATH'S SUMMER COAT, exploring cultural approaches to death & dying (2015), & CLOCKWORK FUTURES, a social history of technology & the steampunk aesthetics of invention (September 2017). In all her endeavors, Brandy seeks to uncover the human stories at the center of science & medicine, proving truth is frequently stranger than fiction. Brandy will speak to the Empiricist League about her new book & the science of steampunk.
CITIES OF FUTURES PAST: Strange historical visions of the urban future
Wythe Marschall is an anthropologist of technology finishing his PhD in the History of Science Department at Harvard. He writes & teaches about future visions of biotechnology, farming, & cities. Currently, Wythe is researching how agricultural tech startups are trying to disrupt the food economy & change how we think about plants & buildings. Previously, Wythe taught at Harvard & in the English Department at Brooklyn College. He's also curated art-and-science exhibitions & events about designing living things. Wythe will speak to the Empiricist League about how futurists have imagined utopian cities on Mars, covering the entire planet, & right here in the Five Boroughs.
THE FINAL FRONTIER OF DESIGN: Working with NASA to design the next generation of spacesuit gloves
Ted Southern is a sculptor, costume maker, & inventor from Brooklyn, New York. For the last 4 years, Ted has been developing a new generation of space suit gloves, in coordination with Nikolay Moiseev, a Russian spacesuit fabricator. In November 2009, Ted & Nik outperformed NASA's current Phase VI spacesuit gloves, & won second place in NASA's Astronaut Glove Challenge. Prior to space, Ted's work focused on technical garments for movies, theatre, & television including wings for Victoria's Secret & costumes for Cirque du Soleil. Ted will speak to the Empiricist League about his work designing garments for use in outer space.