Nichelle Nichols as Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series looking at the camera

Nichelle Nichols as Uhura in the television series Star Trek: The Original Series, courtesy of CBS Studios


Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology

A series of three self-guided online classes | Facilitated discussion: Tuesday, November 16, 7:00–8:00 pm (PT)

About the Program

Examine how Star Trek’s live-action television series and motion pictures have prompted audiences to question our history, humanity, and place in the universe.

Produced by the Smithsonian, this series of three self-guided online classes invites you to discover connections between Star Trek and culture, technology, and society. You’ll hear from experts, watch clips from the shows and films, and explore your own perspectives on and understanding of Star Trek’s lasting impact.

Special for the Skirball community! Deepen your learning experience with a discussion led by Scott Mantz, co-creator of the Smithsonian classes, and receive complimentary admission to the exhibition Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds.

Facilitator: Scott Mantz is a longtime host, correspondent, film critic and Emmy-nominated producer, whose credits include KTLA-TV, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, The TODAY Show, and CNN. Mantz is also a lifelong Star Trek fan, and he is one of today’s most respected Trek experts and enthusiasts. In addition to hosting the weekly podcast series “Enterprise Incidents” (an episode-by-episode deep dive of The Original Series), Mantz has also been prominently featured in acclaimed documentaries (The Roddenberry Vault, 50 Years of Star Trek) and books (The 50-Year Mission, These Are the Voyages).