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!
Monday, March 16 @ 7:00pm
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
TOPIC: What qualities do we look for in a courageous leader, and how far will we follow that leader into questionable circumstances?
Wednesday, May 6 @ 7:00pm
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.