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Faculty Keynote Series

“To the Moon and Back Again: The Space Race, Buffalo-Niagara and the Impossible Task”

Since President Kennedy’s 1961 call to land a man on the moon, the story of the Apollo program has been streamlined and mythologized.  Seen now by many as a foregone conclusion, it is the one universally admired American accomplishment.  This talk will place the space race into the context of the 1950s and 60s. It will show how Kennedy’s audacious timeline required remarkable teamwork and sacrifice, highlighting the critical contributions from the Buffalo-Niagara Region, and it will try to explain why the moon landings did not lead to other manned space exploration.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Location: E-140 Lecture Hall
Presented By: Dr. Matthew Clarcq

Dr. Matthew Clarcq holds a B.A. in History from SUNY Geneseo and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from University at Buffalo. He has taught at NCCC for 16 years and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010. He currently chairs the NCCC Student Showcase.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but recommended. There will be a light reception following the presentation.

Registration is closed.

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Matthew Clarcq

Matthew Clarcq, Ph.D. 


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