Carnegie Mellon University


February 29, 2024

CMU's Center for Arts & Society "Planetary Hospitality" Project presents: To the Stars! The Colonization of Space in Print and on the Screen

Thursday, March 14
Talks by Profs. Kathy Newman & James Wynn 5PM - 6:15PM
Screening of Elysium 6:30PM- 9:30PM
McConomy Auditorium, Cohon University Center, CMU

This event is free and open to the public.
Specialty coffee & Mooncake Cookies will be served!

In the age of a new space race, there is a growing conviction that humans will soon have colonies on the Moon and Mars—a conviction sustained for decades by science fiction films and novels. James Wynn and Kathy Newman’s talks explore, as part of their Planetary Hospitality project for the Center for the Arts in Society, how extra-terrestrial living is represented on the page & on the screen and what the potential impact these representations might have on our imagination of what our future beyond planet Earth will be like.

Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian sci-fi action film written, produced, and directed by Neill Blomkamp. In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

Click here to watch the trailer of the film!