Stories Under the Sky

Along with my spouse Abby Gancz, I co-run an event series called Stories Under the Sky. We tell myths and folktales about the stars, Sun, Moon, and sky from cultures all around the world. We also talk about how people have used the sky for navigation, timekeeping, and understanding the cosmos. Following the stories, we give a guided tour of the sky, including pointing out constellations and letting attendees look through a telescope. Past events have taken place at the Penn State Arboretum (funded by the Tygel Endowment), the Lemont Village Green, the Davey Lab Planetarium, and AstroFest. Please contact me if interested in learning more or collaborating.

Upcoming Stories Under the Sky

Friday, May 24, 2024 at 7:45 PM in the Penn State Arboretum (rain date 5/25)

Past Stories Under the Sky

Thursday, August 5, 2021 in the Penn State Arboretum
Thursday, August 12, 2021 in the Penn State Arboretum
Thursday, August 26, 2021 in the Penn State Arboretum
Thursday, September 2, 2021 in the Penn State Arboretum
Friday, June 3, 2022 in the Penn State Arboretum
Friday, July 8, 2022 in the Penn State Arboretum
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at AstroFest
Thursday, July 14, 2022 at AstroFest
Friday, July 15, 2022 at AstroFest
Saturday, July 30, 2022 on the Lemont Village Green
Saturday, August 27, 2022 on the Lemont Village Green
Friday, September 2, 2022 in the Penn State Arboretum
Monday, September 12, 2022 at Easterly Parkway Elementary School *stories in Spanish/cuentos en español*
Friday, November 4, 2022 at the Davey Lab Planetarium
Friday, April 7, 2023 in Bernel Road Park
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Easterly Parkway Elementary School *stories in Spanish/cuentos en español*
Friday, May 26, 2023 in the Penn State Arboretum
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at AstroFest
Thursday, July 13, 2023 at AstroFest
Friday, July 28, 2023 in the Penn State Arboretum
Friday, August 25, 2023 in the Penn State Arboretum
Friday, September 29, 2023 in the Penn State Arboretum
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at Easterly Parkway Elementary School *stories in Spanish/cuentos en español*
Friday, May 3, 2024 in the Penn State Arboretum

Special Thanks to the Following Collaborators

Tygel Endowment
Penn State Arboretum
Lemont Village Association
AstroFest
State College Area School District
Astronomy Department
Central Pennsylvania Observers
Tim Gleason
Tim Gould
Rebecca Horwitt
Jenn Hooven
Abdul Rahman Latif
Qian Zhang
Abiola Ibirogba
Chiamaka Anyanwu
Brock James
Laura Perez
Bill Arden
Kelly Kutz
Eric Feigelson
Sue Smith
Ron Smith
Melina Porro
Mary Ogborn
Chris Palma
Cooper Palma