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October 24, 2018  7:00-8:30pm

Flat Earth Beliefs Around the Globe

Dr. Brent Ruswick, Assc. Professor, WCU Department of History

This talk addresses two episodes in the history of belief that the Earth is flat. In the first episode, we examine pro-science historians who incorrectly argued that pre-modern people believed in a flat earth. Why were these historians and scientists inventing Flat Earthers out of thin air? In the second episode, we explore the origins of actual, present-day believers in Flat Eartherism, and consider more and less constructive ways to respond to their claims.

Dr. Schwarz will provide a short demonstration on the dome following the lecture.

This special event is FREE and open to the general public; no reservations or tickets are needed.  Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  While we never prohibit children from attending any of the events at the Mather Planetarium, this academic presentation is aimed at an adult audience and is not suitable for very young ages.  Visitors should follow the parking instructions for our regular evening shows.  Questions can be directed to

Dr. Karen Schwarz

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