In Search of Stone Temples of the Starry Realm
Around the globe and down through the centuries, many cultures have developed a fascination with the sky. One motivation was extremely practical since the position and motion of celestial objects from the sun and moon to the stars served as both clock and calendar. But in many societies, the sky also became a connection to, and source of authority for, the ruling classes bestowing on them sacred and even god-like powers. In this illustrated talk, we will take a whirlwind journey to see how the sky universally influenced many cultures in the rites they performed and the temples and other monuments they built.
About Bill Gutsch
Former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium, Past President of the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and a former Network Science Correspondent for ABC Television in the US, Dr. Gutsch is Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts & Sciences at Saint Peter’s University (a Jesuit University just outside of New York City). His Masters and Ph.D. are from the University of Virginia. Dr. Gutsch teaches in four departments at the Saint Peter’s specifically: Applied Science & Technology, Sociology, Graduate Education, and Communications. His principal interests include: astrophysics, forecast meteorology, astro-archaeology, non-parametric statistics, and production and post-production for film and video. He has traveled to and produced programs about astro-archaeological sites around the world; writes, produces, and directs video documentaries for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and has directed many Academy and Golden Globe Award winning actors in Hollywood (from Gregory Peck and Burt Lancaster to Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock) as well as the famous droids R2D2 and C-3P0 at Lucasfilm.