Monday, June 20, 2011

Fridays @ 5:30 Guest Speaker

The Fridays @ 5:30 Writer Series begins with Cathryn J. Prince, author of A Professor, A President, and a Meteor, on July 15.  When a fiery meteor crash in 1807 lit up the early-morning sky in Weston, CT  it did more than startle the few farmers in the sleepy village. More importantly, it sparked the curiosity of Benjamin Silliman, a young chemistry professor at nearby Yale College. His investigation of the incident started a chain of events that eventually brought American science to sudden international prominence; and the event also embroiled Silliman in politics, pitting him against no less an adversary than President Thomas Jefferson.  Join us on the Back Lawn of the Library; hors d'oeuvres and libations will be served before the speaker starts at 6:00pm; tickets will go on sale shortly at the Library and at the event.