Book on Vonnegut Brothers Discussed at Remote Sensing Seminar

Noted Author Ginger Strand will speak at the Remote Sensing Seminar, slated for 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 17) in Dow 642.

Strand will discuss her book “The Brothers Vonnegut,” which tells the unbelievable story of GE’s Covonld War project to take control of the weather, and how it shaped a young aspiring writer named Kurt Vonnegut.

Set at the dawn of the computer era, in a nation beset by atomic anxiety, the story of Kurt and his scientist brother Bernard demonstrates the powerful connections between science and art.

Strand will discuss Nobel Laureate Irving Langmuir’s unresolved meteorological experiments, Bernard Vonnegut’s misgivings about them and Kurt Vonnegut’s use of all of it to write some of the most inventive novels about science ever produced—books that raise questions about scientific ethics that remain just as pressing today.

A book signing and reception will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase at the signing and at the campus bookstore. This special event is co-sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative and EPSSI (The Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Institute). It is also sponsored by EPSSI and the Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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