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Science + Cinema Events to Explore Visual Storytelling

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Heather Lynch

How much does Thor’s hammer weigh? How are penguins in Antarctica impacted by climate change?

These questions will be answered in the inaugural Science and Cinema events, offered this spring by the Lichtenstein Center’s Undergraduate Film and TV Writing program.

Stony Brook research professors will be paired with a narrative feature film that relates synergistically to their work.

After each movie screening, the audience will enjoy a STEM-focused Q&A with the respective professor.

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Jiangyong Jia

The screenings are part of a new course, FLM 201: Visual Storytelling Across the Disciplines, offered Spring 2024 and taught by award-winning screenwriter, script editor, and curator Kate Levitt. It is designed to bridge the gap between the arts and sciences and to expand visual storytelling sensibility across disciplines.

The two events are:

  • January 31, 5 pm, SAC Auditorium: Screening of March of the Penguins followed by a Q&A with Heather Lynch, inaugural director for the Collaborative for the Earth, first Endowed Chair for Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science and professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution
  • February 28, 5 pm, SAC Auditorium: Screening of Thor Ragnarok, followed by a Q&A with Jiangyong Jia, professor in the Department of Chemistry and senior physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Learn to separate fact from fiction and fantasy in these free events, open to the public.

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