Virtual Lecture – Star Trek: Going Boldly Beyond Barriers
January 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm$5 – $10
Star Trek – The Original Series (TOS) premiered on television in 1966 – when the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the Counterculture were flash points of a divisive and tumultuous climate in the United States. The show featured an intentionally diverse cast, including Jewish actors Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, Asian American actor George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols, who helped pave the way for Black actresses in Hollywood as the pioneering character Lt. Uhura.
Set in a future, utopian civilization in the Milky Way galaxy, TOS broke cultural and racial barriers, tackling social issues, and later iterations of Star Trek such as The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine, continued to confront issues reflective of the societal time periods in which they were created, including gender, sexuality, religion, and modernity.
Join Hector Kilgoe, doctoral candidate in African American religious history at the University of Pennsylvania, in exploring this landmark franchise and its historical and contemporary relevance.