MSU researchers to discuss connection between space, humanity

Contact: Sarah Nicholas

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Institute for the Humanities will host an in-depth discussion this month with a university astrophysicist and historian of science regarding current phenomena in space and what it means to humankind.

Alix Hui portrait
Alix Hui (Photo by Megan Bean)

Part of the Institute’s “Conversation with a Humanist” program, “Eclipses, Satellites and Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Is Our Night Sky in Peril?” is scheduled for 3 p.m., April 16 in the U.S. Grant Presidential Library Auditorium, fourth floor, Mitchell Memorial Library.

Angelle Tanner portrait
Angelle Tanner (Photo by Megan Bean)

Event panelists include Alix Hui, associate professor of history, and Angelle Tanner, associate professor of physics and astronomy.

The public is invited to participate in the conversation which will be streamed live at

“Dr. Hui and Dr. Tanner will discuss how our understanding of space affects our humanity and the importance of being able to gaze at the night sky and actually see it,” said Julia Osman, director of the Institute for the Humanities and associate professor of history. “This program will also show how science and the humanities are not separate fields at all, but inherently intertwined.”

For additional questions about the event, contact Osman at

Part of MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for the Humanities promotes research, scholarship and creative performances in the humanistic disciplines and raises their visibility, both within MSU and the wider community.

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