Science on the Screen
Science on the Screen, a new film and discussion series sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, was created to further public understanding of science, technology, math and engineering through art and dialogue with the world-leading faculty of the University of Chicago. “Science on the Screen” also aims to inspire interest in and excitement about science among school-aged kids.
Film selection is based on the strength and appeal of scientific concepts presented in the film and the recommendations of UChicago faculty members. Each screening includes, at its conclusion, a lively conversation between the audience and notable experts in science, math, technology and engineering. Occasionally, special guests, such as filmmakers, film critics, and actors will be invited to join discussions. The discussion provides a jumping off point for the speakers to reveal current scientific research or advances in a way that engages popular-culture audiences and school kids, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment.
The program is highly scalable and can expand to match growing public interest. Initially, the program will be held in the Logan Center’s film screening room. As interest grows, the program can be moved to larger venues.
The initiative is a joint effort between the UChicago Arts|Science Initiative; the UChicago Office of the Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories; and the Chicago Council for Science and Technology.