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SPECIAL EVENT: Little Lessons for Lina- Dramatic Reading and Astronomy Talk

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us on Sunday, June 23 at 7 pm for a night of astronomy on all levels. First, we will start the evening off with a dramatic reading of the play Little Lessons for Lina by Mark Littmann.

Little Lessons for Lina tells the astonishing true story of Caroline Herschel, the first woman to be a professional astronomer, and her brother William, a musician who became one of the greatest astronomers of all time. Neither William nor Caroline had the equivalent of a high school education. The Herschel Revolution expanded astronomy to encompass the nature and origin of stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the universe.  This play tries to recreate those moments of discovery – and the lives of two extraordinary human beings.

Part two of the evening (after a short intermission) will be an illustrated talk by professor Mark Littmann titled Seeing the Sky Through Words. 

Brief description:
We are used to looking at the sky with telescopes or just our eyes–and it’s a very impressive sight.  But what would we see if we looked at the sky through words?  Here are stories from mythology about the sky that demonstrate a profound knowledge of astronomy.  And here are stories from modern literature about the heavens that suggest why an encounter with the universe changes your life for the better.


Multi Purpose Room at the Ijams Visitor Center


Cost is $5 per person. Tickets are available at the door.



June 23
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920 United States
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