FYI: Upcoming Life in the Universe Symposium

From: (Jan Wee)
Subject: FYI: Upcoming Life in the Universe Symposium
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 09:16:34 -0500

Dear discuss-lfm members,

For your information....

                         Announcing a Symposium
                          (Second Announcement)

                          LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
                             November 22, 1996

The Space Policy Institute of George Washington University's
Elliott School of International Affairs, in cooperation with The
Planetary Society and the National Space Society, is organizing
on November 22, 1996 a major symposium discussing the cultural,
intellectual, theological, and policy implications of the recent
announcement of evidence of long-ago life on Mars and the
public's reactions to those findings.

Reacting to the August 7 announcement, President Clinton asked
Vice President Gore to convene a "space summit on the future of
America's space program."  The "Life in the Universe" symposium
will provide a way for the public to express its views on the
appropriate government response to the Mars findings prior to the
White House summit.  

The all-day symposium will be held at the Dorothy Betts Marvin
Theatre located at 800 21st Street, NW on the campus of The
George Washington University.  Admission is free: however, 
advance registration is required.

Funding for the symposium is being provided by the sponsors and
the District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium.



To register, please provide the following information:
     1) Name
     2) Organization
     3) Phone
     4) Fax
     5) Email address 
via: email:
     fax:      (202) 994-1639
     mail:     Space Policy Institute
               George Washington University
               2013 G Street, NW,  Suite 201
               Washington, DC  20052

For up to date information on the symposium, visit home pages of:
     Space Policy Institute -
     National Space Society -
    The Planetary Society -

PRELIMINARY AGENDA                  

9:00-9:15      Opening Remarks

9:15-9:45      What Did We Find?

                    Briefing by Kathie L. Thomas-Keprta, ALH84001

9:45-10:15     How Will We Know the Findings are Valid?

                    From the perspective of a working scientist -
                    John Grotzinger, Department of Earth,
                    Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences, MIT 

                    From the perspective of a philosopher of
                    science - Peter Caws, University Professor of
                    Philosophy, GW 

10:15-10:30    Break

10:30-11:45    Alien Life in Fiction and Fact

                    - Alien life in science fiction - Kim Stanley
                   Robinson, author, Red Mars, Green Mars, and
                   Blue Mars 

                    - Humanity's long-time fascination with
                   extraterrestrial life - Steven Dick, Naval
                    Observatory, author, The Biological Universe 

11:45-12:15    Critical Factors in New Space Endeavors

                    Bruce Murray, Vice-President, The Planetary

12:15-1:30     Lunch Break

1:15-2:30      Putting the Findings in Broad Perspective

                   Panel composed of:

                    Father John Minogue, President, DePaul

                    Abdel-Monem Al-Mashat, Cultural & Education
                    Attache, Embassy of Egypt 

                   John Noble Wilford, The New York Times

                    Molly McCauley, economist, Resources for the

                    Richard Berendzen, astrophysicist, American
2:30-3:00           International Interest and Response

                         Roald Sagdeev, University of Maryland,
                         former Director, Space Research
                         Institute, Moscow 

3:00-3:15           Break

3:15-4:30           What Response? Public Interest Perspectives

                         Robert Zubrin, Chair, Executive
                         Committee, National Space Society 

                         Louis Friedman, Executive Director, The
                         Planetary Society 

                        Results of an Internet Survey - Space
                         Policy Institute
                         Other views

4:30-5:00           Next Steps: Reflecting the Public Interest

                        NASA Administrator Dan Goldin 


John M. Logsdon					Phone - (202)994-7292
Director, Space Policy Institute and		Fax -        994-1639
Center for International Science and Technology
George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052

The Planetary Society   FAX: 818-793-5528