NAU joins Lowell Observatory to honor the legacy of its founder

Percival Lowell

Northern Arizona University and Lowell Observatory will host a celebration of the life and contributions of Percival Lowell beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Lowell Observatory.

Percival Lowell made transformative contributions in the fields of astronomy and Orientology, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of his death. The event, titled “A Century Later: Percival Lowell’s Cultural and Scientific Legacy,” will feature presentations that pay tribute to his career and legacy.

NAU’s Michael Amundson, history professor, and Tim Yamamura, English lecturer, will participate in the lecture series. Amundson will present “Seeing Arizona, Imagining Mars: Percival Lowell, The Red Planet, and the American West,” suggesting that Lowell’s writings about Mars could have been talking about his adopted home, the American West. Yamamura will present “Far Out Worlds: America’s Asia, Science Fiction, and the Dream of Percival Lowell,” exploring the writings and legacy of Lowell on the history of science fiction and the representation of Asia within American letters.

For more information about the event, visit the Lowell Observatory website.