The Lowbrows assisted with a number of events during the International Year of Astronomy (2009).
One of these events was the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program. The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue thorough the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Each year a theme is selected and a book is chosen for the community to read and discuss. For the year 2009, the theme was “The Universe: Yours To Discover” and the selected book was Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe by Timothy Ferris (New York: Simon and Schuster). This book has a series of stories of amateur astronomers who viewed the night sky and contributed to the science of astronomy. More information about the The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.
The Reads program invited Timothy Ferris to come to Ann Arbor and give a talk. The photograph above shows Timothy Ferris with various Lowbrows.
Some of the other events that the Lowbrows contributed to include: