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Virtual Lecture – Star Trek: Going Boldly Beyond Barriers

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.

DATE: Thursday, January 12, 2023
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Zoom
COST: Museum Members $5 | Nonmembers $10

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Hector Kilgoe studies religion, race, and politics in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular interest in Black nationalism, formations of Black and other identities, and narratives and rhetoric associated with ideas of affective belonging, kinship, and citizenship as they relate to systems of power. Hector received his Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies in 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Master of Theological Studies degree in African and African American Religious Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where he was a junior fellow in the Science, Religion, and Culture Program, and his BA in Religious Studies, with minors in Jewish Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. His intellectual interests also include affect theory, science fiction, media studies, and queer theory.

In connection with Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 28, 2022 – February 5, 2023.

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