The International Dark Sky Places (IDSP) Program was founded in 2001 to encourage communities, parks, and protected areas around the world to preserve and protect dark sites through responsible lighting policies and public education. Light pollution is a macroscopic phenomenon which will transform the history of astronomy for the next generations. The sky has been gradually re-shaped by luminous objects set in orbit in the last century: satellites, planes, artifacts. How will our representation of the sky change as humans populate it with more and more luminous artifacts?

Friday, November 22, 7:30 - 9pm
Luminous artifacts in the Universe: Reality or Fiction
Lecture with Kevin B. Marvel, American Astronomical Society
Free & open to public with RSVP

Saturday, November 23, 2 - 3:30pm
Re-representing the Celestial
A movement workshop with physics and astronomy professor Gregory Mack 
Presented in partnership with the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS)
$10 registration fee
Note: The event will take place in the National Academy of Science’s Great Hall

About the Participants

Kevin B. Marvel has served as the Executive Officer for the American Astronomical Society, the largest professional organization for researchers in astronomy and related disciplines, since July of 2006.  He began work with the AAS as Associate Executive Officer for Public Policy in 1998 establishing the Society’s public policy program becoming Deputy Executive Officer in 2003.  Before taking up a position with the American Astronomical Society in 1998 he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology's (CALTECH’s) Owens Valley Radio Observatory. He received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1996 from New Mexico State University. 


A modern dancer with a PhD in theoretical astrophysics, Greg Mack is Senior Program Officer with the Board on Physics & Astronomy at the National Academy of Sciences where he manages the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Committee on Radio Frequencies, and helps to manage the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro 2020). Previously, he was Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for APS Physics where, he was in charge of grassroots advocacy and worked on education policy. 



NATURA NATURANS is an artist-driven educational experiment that consists of lectures, workshops, field trips, and an exhibition exploring our changing understanding of nature in the Anthropocene. Curated by the artist Anne-Sophie Coiffet, who divides her time between DC and Paris, this twelve-week project examines topics as varied and interrelated as the co-mingling of natural and human objects and systems, securing legal status for ecosystems, silent places and acoustical trash, genetically modified crops and butterflies, space junk and oceanic micro-plastic, and more. 


WPA & National Academy of Science’s Great Hall



November 22-23, 2019