Rob Browning

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March 12

Rob Browning | Lecturer, Science Fiction
"Science Fiction on the Eve of Apollo 11: The Space Odysseys of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke"


Rob Browning is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Montana, where he teaches courses on early modern British literature, Milton, Shakespeare and science fiction. His current research focuses on the intersections between literature and astronomy during the 17th and 18th centuries. Before joining the English department at UM, he taught at universities in Louisiana, Indiana, British Columbia, and the People’s Republic of China. Originally from Pittsburgh, he earned his B.A. at Kenyon College and his Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Lecture Synopsis: During the spring of 1964, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke began collaborating on the project that would come to be 2001: A Space Odyssey. As they developed their ideas over the next four years, NASA devoted its resources to the objective of landing a man on the moon, which created a clear problem: How do you make a film about space exploration that will not seem obsolete after astronauts have walked on the Moon? This is a talk about how director and author not only solved that problem, but created a science fiction masterpiece that remains compelling and relevant 50 years later.