Lecture Explores Intersection of Science, Literature and the Imagination
Helen Rozwadowski, associate professor at the University of Conencticut, will present a lecture, “The Ocean and Outer Space Frontiers of Arthur C. Clarke,” on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. in Moulton Lounge in Bartels Hall.
In the 1950s and 1960s some writers began to draw analogies between the vastness of outer space and the depths of the ocean. In this context, works of science fiction such as those by Arthur C. Clarke, profoundly influenced how people conceptualized deep-sea exploration and imagined the future of the ocean. The infinite expanse of space led some to conclude that the resources of the ocean were similarly vast. Rozwadowski's presentation will investigate the interesting intersection of science, literature, and the imagination.
Rozwadowski directs the Maritime Studies program at UConn’s Avery Point campus. She teaches environmental history and the history of science as well as interdisciplinary maritime studies courses. Her award-winning book, Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea, is a scientific and cultural history of 19th-century interest in the ocean. Her current research focuses on undersea exploration in the 1960s, a time when ocean boosters had optimistic dreams for working and living in the sea.