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As always, we can't tell you the name of the movie but, it is partially based on the book, "The Last Warlord", by Brian Glyn Williams, who will be speaking at the library on Wednesday, October 23. Come see the movie tonight and then return on Wednesday to hear the author talk about his experience writing the book and consulting on the movie production. Click here for more info: https://www.libraryinsight.com/eventdetails.asp?jx=gxp&lmx=%CFcn%21%A3%AFp&v=3
The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest astrophysics mission in NASA’s history, planned to launch in 2021. With a segmented mirror extending 6 meters across, and a sunshield the size of a tennis court, this mammoth observatory is folded up for launch, and unfurls as it travels to its final orbit a million miles away. JWST was designed to see the first galaxies forming shortly after the Big Bang, and has been nicknamed the 'First Light Machine.” But its infrared sensitivity allows it to peer into dusty environments, making it the perfect instrument to explore the regions where stars and planets form, and to trace how galaxies have evolved over time. JWST’s potential is so transformative for astronomy that three international space agencies – NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency – have partnered together to bring it to launch. In this installment of the Cary Series on Science and Economics, Dr. Kathryn Flanagan, a senior scientist from the Space Telescope Science Institute, will introduce us to this marvelous facility and the science it will return. Dr. Kathryn Flanagan is a Senior Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). The Institute is responsible for the science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as the mission and science operations of its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Dr. Flanagan has served as JWST Mission Head, as well as Deputy Director and Interim Director of STScI. Dr. Flanagan came to the Institute in 2007 to head the Mission Office for JWST, with responsibility for developing the JWST Science and Operations Center. She earned her PhD in physics at MIT, where she began working in the field of X-ray astronomy, with special interest in developing new instruments for space. She became part of the research staff at SAO and MIT, and she has worked on multiple flight instruments. She has participated in NASA’s advisory structure, co-chairing strategic planning documents and serving on advisory committees. She has been active in education, beginning with service as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching math and physics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and is a strong advocate for science outreach to the public and the 'next generation.”
For four years Professor Brian Glyn Williams roamed the mountains of Afghanistan retracing a covert operation that saw U.S. Green Beret Special Forces unite with ancient Mongol Uzbek horse warriors to fight the common Taliban foe. His greatest breakthrough came when he was allowed to live with the Uzbeks’ notorious leader, General Dostum, 'The Taliban Killer.” The result of his fieldwork and embed with a Mongol Uzbek warlord who called American elite warriors his friends was his book, "The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior Who Led U.S. Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime". Dr. Williams will bring "The Last Warlor" and the story behind it and the movie "12 Strong" (partially based on his book) to life with extraordinary photographs of the covert 2001 U.S.-Uzbek horse campaign taken by the CIA, Dostum, and Green Berets. These are the only visual history of a secret campaign few were aware of. Dr. Williams will recreate this epic tale for using actual images of the men depicted in "12 Strong". Dr. Williams has a PhD in Central Asian Islamic history and is a professor of Islamic History at UMass Dartmouth. He advised A-List actor Chris Hemsworth on the 12 Strong set and recently traveled to northern Iraq to assist in freeing a Yazidi slave from her ISIS captor. Visit his website at www.brianglynwilliams.com. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.
The duo of violinist Ilana Zaks and pianist Maryann Han will perform a broad spectrum of classical works ranging from Bach and Schubert, to Ravel and Rosenblatt. We invite you to revel in the mellifluous and striking compositions throughout history. You won’t want to miss this night of classical music!