Science on Screen

Unexpected pairings of current, cult and documentary film with lively introductions by 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!



Wednesday, October 21 @ 7:00pm

Director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, MOOD INDIGO) takes a surreal trip through the mind of an introverted but wildly creative man whose attempts to balance his colorful dreams with his stark reality are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful woman into his life.

SPEAKER: Dr. Rebecca Spencer, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst

TOPIC: Why do we sleep? Should I sleep or pull an ‘all-nighter’ before an exam? Where do dreams come from? Should I ‘sleep on it’ before making a decision?”


28 DAYS LATER (2002)

Wednesday, November 18 @ 7:00pm

Animal rights activists free a group of infected chimpanzees to horrifying results in this speculative sci-fi horror effort from director Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE).

SPEAKER: Dr. Robert L. Dorit, evolutionary biologist and professor of Biological Sciences at Smith College

TOPIC: Why are we still alive? Bacteria, viruses and parasites have evolved myriad ways to exploit the human species, and yet we are still here. Using recent examples, we'll explore the threats we face from infectious diseases, and talk about current and future strategies to ensure our continued survival.