Galileo’s The Starry Messenger
As part of the 2017 Adult Summer Series “Going Medieval at the Southbury Public Library,” actor and educator Mike Francis will perform The Starry Messenger on Thursday, June 15th from 7-8:30pm.
During the months June and July, the Southbury Public Library will offer its 10th annual Adult Summer Series. “Going Medieval at the Southbury Public Library” is the theme of the 2017 Adult Summer Series. Anyone is welcome to join us for this free series of programs; registration is required for most programs by calling 203-262-0626 ext. 130. All medieval themed, these programs will include history lectures, film screenings, science presentations, and more. This series of programs is generously sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund.
The Starry Messenger is a dramatic and entertaining adaptation of Galileo's short treatise "Siderius Nuncius." Galileo (dressed in 17th century costume) arrives to present a public lecture on his most recent discoveries made using his newly devised spyglass. As he describes those discoveries, Galileo's new method of observation and measurement of nature become apparent. Throughout the presentation audience members are actively involved in experiments and demonstrations. After the lecture, Galileo answers questions about his experiments, his life and his times.
Mike Francis brings astronomy and history to life. A physical science and physics teacher and formerly a lecturer for ten years at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston's Museum of Science, Mike combines the science of astronomy with the dramatic skills of an actor. He has honed his acting skills in a variety of rolls on stage, film, and television over 40 years. Whether portraying Galileo, building a solar system as the Stargazer's Apprentice or narrating a tour of the current night sky in his Starlab traveling planetarium, Mike shares his love of the heavens with schools, libraries, museums and special events across the country. Past venues for The Starry Messenger have included the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and and the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA.
This program is sponsored by the Charles H. and Emma Ellery Rutledge Fund. Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register.
Contact: Elizabeth Kelly
Southbury Public Library Reference Department
203-262-0626 ext. 130