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!
THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP (2006)
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)
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.