Moiya McTier, Ph.D--The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy (A FAN Virtual Program)

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

We are pleased to collaborate with FAN as they welcome Moiya McTier, Ph.D., author of the new book, The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy. Dr. McTier will be interviewed by Chandra Prescod-Weinstein, Ph.D. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of The Milky Way from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. McTier that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: In The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy, astrophysicist and folklorist Moiya McTier, Ph.D. channels the Milky Way, detailing what humans have discovered about everything from its formation to its eventual death, and what more there is to learn about this galaxy we call home After a few billion years of bearing witness to life on Earth, of watching one hundred billion humans go about their day-to-day lives, of feeling unbelievably lonely, and of hearing its own story told by others, The Milky Way would like a chance to speak for itself. All one hundred billion stars and fifty undecillion tons of gas of it.

About the Author: Moiya McTier, Ph.D. is an astrophysicist, folklorist, and science communicator based in New York City. After graduating from Harvard as the first person in the school’s history to study both astronomy and mythology, Dr. McTier earned her Ph.D. in astrophysics at Columbia University where she was selected as a National Science Foundation research fellow. Dr. McTier has consulted with companies like Disney and PBS on their fictional worlds, helped design exhibits for the New York Hall of Science, and given hundreds of talks about science around the globe (including features on MSNBC, NPR, and NowThis News). To combine her unique set of expertise, she hosts and produces the Exolore podcast that explores fictional world-building through the lens of science.


About the Interviewer: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and dark matter. She additionally does research in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics WorldNature recognized her as one of 10 people who shaped science in 2020, and Essence magazine has recognized her as one of “15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers.” Her first book, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, won the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the science and technology category, and was named a Best Book of 2021 by Publishers Weekly, Smithsonian Magazine, and Kirkus.

Event date: 

Monday, September 12, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy By Moiya McTier Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538754153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 16th, 2022

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