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Behind the Glass Lecture Featuring Dava Sobel

  • Phone: (607) 937-5371

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Not initially called astronomers they were assistants, or human "computers," or Pickering’s Harem after Edward Pickering, a director of the Harvard Observatory. According to Dava Sobel, writing in The Glass Universe, they were the ladies of the Harvard Observatory who took measure of the stars.

Edward Pickering, it turns out, insisted on crediting these hard-working women who studied, compared, classified and catalogued data about stars photographed by men on thousands of glass plates. Sobel takes up their story in The Glass Universe, and will share it at this Behind the Glass lecture.

A former New York Times science reporter, Sobel is the award-winning author of six books. The Glass Universe was listed in the New York Times 100 notable books of 2017.

Museum Members at the Donor level and above ($135) are invited to attend a private reception before the lecture at 5:30 pm. Please RSVP to +1 (607) 438-5600 or by April 9. Not a member? Join today!

Behind the Glass Lecture Featuring Dava Sobel
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • One Museum Way
  • Corning, NY 14830
  • April 11, 2019 to April 11, 2019


Corning Museum of Glass

One Museum Way
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 937-5371

From children looking for an adventure to artists looking for inspiration, there’s something for everyone at The Corning Museum of Glass. Explore 3,500 years of glassmaking history in the world’s largest collection of glass, featuring 45,000 pieces of classic and contemporary glass art. At the Hot Glass Show, watch live, narrated, glassmaking demonstrations, and see master glassblowers create stunning pieces before your eyes. Flameworking, Optical Fiber, and Glass Breaking Demos are also offered throughout the day. The only thing better than watching the wonder of glassmaking is trying it yourself! Make Your Own Glass in short, daily workshops: choose from fused picture frames and suncatchers, sandblasted drinking glasses, flameworked beads, pulled-glass flowers or delicate blown ornaments. Get hands-on with the science of glass at Do It! stations in the Innovation Center. Best of all, kids and teens 17 and under are free; adult admission is $20. AAA/CAA, Military, College Student, and 62+ receive a 15% discount ($17). Local residents receive a 50% discount. Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, the Museum is open until 8:00 pm.

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