Tuesday 2 July 2019 7:30 - 8:30 PM
The 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing offers an opportunity for reflecting on the history of the Cold War space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. The space race was one of the arenas in which the two superpowers battled for global dominance. It propelled both nations to pursue rapid scientific research and technological advances and demanded massive economic support and political commitment. Jennifer will consider the connections between Cold War politics and superpower science during the 1950s through the 1970s and engage with the question of whether the US or the Soviet Union 'won' the Cold War space race. By bringing a historical perspective to this topic, we see the answer is not a simple one. Challenging national myths and popular memories requires questioning assumptions about how we analyse and understand the past.
Jennifer Frost is a historian of 20th century United States society, politics, and culture at the University of Auckland. She is the author of several books, most recently Producer of Controversy: Stanley Kramer, Hollywood Liberalism, and the Cold War (2017). Her focus now is on the campaign for youth voting rights in the United States, which culminated in the 26th Amendment to the Constitution in 1971. The book is tentatively titled "Let Us Vote": Youth Voting Rights and the 26th Amendment. 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of this enfranchisemnt of 18-20 year olds, the last significant expansion of US voting rights and supported by a broad and bipartisan coalition.
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