Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Pandora's Promise: Film Screening and Discussion

Fear of meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear energy synonymous with the disasters of the modern world.  But what if everyone has nuclear power wrong?

UChicago students and faculty are invited to join the debate and participate in a screening and discussion of soon-to-be-released PANDORA'S PROMISE, a new documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Robert Stone.

A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA'S PROMISE dares to tackle the emerging divide within the environmental movement over nuclear energy through the stories of thinkers, experts and authors who have come to change their minds about nuclear power. The film interweaves narratives from Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. Stone pierces commonly held assumptions and provides a captivating deconstruction of myths about radiation, waste and weapons, taking viewers on a mind-altering journey.

The 87-minute film screening will be followed by a discussion with:
Kennette Benedict (Moderator), Executive Director and Publisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Hussein S. Khalil, Director, Nuclear Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Robert Rosner, William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, UChicago; Co-director, Energy Policy Institute at Chicago
Robert Stone, Filmmaker and Director of PANDORA’S PROMISE


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Catch a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, and stay for delicious science demonstrations.

The 100-minute film, a 1971 musical adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, will be followed by hands-on activities related to food science, chemistry, and physics.  Kids will take part in making freeze-dried ice cream, breakable bananas, and glowing pickles and other fun experiments.  All ages welcome.  Activities are designed for children ages 5-12.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Beautiful Mind: film screening and discussion

The 135-minute film will be followed by a 30-minute discussion with:
Michael Marcangelo, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago
Roger Myerson, Nobel Laureate 2007 and the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, UChicago
Robert Rosenberg (Moderator), Associate VP for Communications, UChicago, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. Directed by Ron Howard and written by Akiva Goldsman, the film was inspired by a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-nominated 1998 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany and Christopher Plummer star in the film. Rating: PG-13.

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