On March 23rd, Chris Carberry, Northeastern alum (BA and MA in History) and founder and CEO of Explore Mars (www.exploremars.org), will be visiting Professor Gary Goshgarian’s Science Fiction class. The class will be reading alien worlds/alien contact material, which constitutes the second half of the course, and Mr. Carberry will be speaking about his extraordinary efforts to raise public, industry and governmental interest in the human exploration of Mars.
Professor Goshgarian has been welcoming guest speakers to his classrooms since 1973, when Isaac Asimov visited his Science Fiction class. The Boston Globe had run a Sunday Magazine article on the course, which, at that time, was one of few such courses in the nation. Asimov had seen the article, contacted a student in the course, and offered to speak to the class. “Back then, I taught two sections of Science Fiction each term, with 250-300 students in each,” says Professor Goshgarian. “I ended up combining the sections and doing the course in the Blackman Auditorium where Asimov gave a fabulous presentation.”
When Professor Goshgarian started publishing his own work in 1980, Stephen King endorsed his first novel and visited Professor Goshgarian’s 1981 Horror Fiction course. “Around the same time, I introduced the Bestsellers course and got my close friend and former officemate Robert Parker to visit,” says Professor Goshgarian. From then on, the list of bestselling authors visiting his classes grew to include Dennis Lehane, Michael Connolly, Tess Gerritsen, Joseph Finder, Anita Shreve, Michael Palmer, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Lewis Perdue, Elizabeth Strout, M.T. Anderson, Andre Dubus, Alexandra Sokoloff, Tim O’Brien, and others. “It’s been a lot of fun and very rewarding for the students.”
Members of the English department are welcome to join Professor Goshgarian’s March 23rd Science Fiction class for Chris Carberry’s talk. The class meets from 9:15 – 10:20 a.m. in 215 Shillman.