From the summer of 2017 to spring, 2018, the Gottesman Libraries Education Program staged Mars Mission , “an out-of-this-world immersive experience” in the Smith Learning Theater. The 70 minute production simulated a mission to the Red Planet during which participants, divided into teams, worked together to solve problems of human settlement on Mars, from the scientific to the technical. While the idea of travel to (and visits from) Mars has long been a staple of fantasy and science fiction, recent developments have brought that prospect closer to reality. Mars One, a Dutch nonprofit, made international news in 2013 when over 200,000 people submitted applications for 100 places on a one-way trip to the planet. NASA’s “Moon to Mars” initiative aims to send at least one man and one woman to the Moon by 2024 in order to “[establish] sustainable exploration” for settlement on Mars. Among the private enterprises collaborating with NASA on that initiative is SpaceX , the company founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk with the mission of enabling the colonization of Mars.
Like Gottesman Libraries’ Mars Mission, media coverage of the prospective colonization of Mars has considered the issue as largely a set of scientific, technological, and funding problems. But histories of colonization on our home planet point to deeper questions about the philosophy and moral implications of colonization itself. This collection looks at literature about Mars alongside literature about colonial education to more fully consider the possibilities of human settlement on Mars.
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Colonizer and The Colonized
A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story:
Madame Luce in Nineteenth-Century Algieria
by Rebecca Rogers
Earth and Mars:
by Stephen E. Strom and Bradford A. Smith
The Surface of Mars
by Michael H. Carr
Disciplining the Savages: Savaging the Disciplines
by Martin Nakata
Education As Politics :
Colonial Schooling and Political Debate in Senegal, 1850s-1914
by Kelly Duke Bryant
Decolonization in Universities:The Politics of Knowledge
by Jonathan Jansen, Ed.
Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars
by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Space Studies Board, Committee on Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars, and National Academy of Sciences
Negotiating Empire : The Cultural Politics of Schools in Puerto Rico, 1898-1952
by Solsiree del Moral
Decolonization and the Decolonized
by Albert Memmi