Science on Screen
Unexpected pairings of current, cult and documentary film with lively post-screening discussions by renowned experts in science, technology and medicine.
Each film is a jumping off point for discussion by a compelling speaker, offering opportunities to explore and think about science in new ways. The perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment!
One of the greatest epics in the history of exploration, this is the original 1919 film chronicling Sir Ernest Shackleton's harrowing Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
SPEAKER: Julie Brigham-Grette, Department of Geosciences, UMass Amherst, and Chair, Polar Research Board, National Academy of Sciences
TOPIC: What makes a great leader, and how far will we follow one into dangerous circumstances?
BLADE RUNNER, based on the novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by science fiction master Philip K. Dick, is a haunting look at reality, memory and mortality set against the dystopian future of Los Angeles, 2019.
SPEAKER: Lee Spector, Cognitive Science, Hampshire College
TOPIC: The possibility of developing an artificial brain, and what the development of aritificial people means both for them and for us.