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, 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?



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 artificial people means both for them and for us.