The Seeing Science Film Festival
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
December 7, 7 p.m.
132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Seeing Science Film Festival continues with the final screening for 2016, the 1950s sci-fi/horror film Invasion of the Body Snatchers released in 1956.

Rotten Tomatoes: “Critics Consensus: One of the best political allegories of the 1950s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an efficient, chilling blend of sci-fi and horror.”

“Director Don Siegel’s thinly-veiled examination of McCarthy-era hysteria stars Kevin McCarthy (no relation) as Miles Bennell, a California doctor who arrives at a San Francisco hospital in near-hysterical condition, raving about an alien invasion. His story, told in flashback, focuses on Bennell’s home in tiny Santa Mira, where he discovers an alien plot to take over earth by methodically replacing humankind with zombie-like pod people.”

Free and open to all. Note new venue.

SEEING SCIENCE: Photography, Science and Visual Culture is a year-long project whose goal is to explore:

  • the central role photographic images play in defining, shaping, promoting, and furthering science and
  • how photographic images made in and about the sciences impact public opinion, policy and funding, science education, as well as visual and popular culture.

To engage not only the University community, but to reach a broader national and global audience, the SEEING SCIENCE project centers around online projects:

SEEING SCIENCE website features:

  • Picturing Science: Each week the artist Oliver Wasow contributes a group of thematically grouped images culled from diverse online sources, transformed by their juxtaposition with each other.
  • Weekly mini-exhibitions of historical and contemporary images made by scientists, photographers and artists
  • Newly commissioned short essays by scientists, science and cultural historians, and visual culture writers who address the development, influence of, and issues surrounding scientific imaging
  • Why We Look: Links to breaking news stories, commentary, and videos that track the use and impact of imaging in and on science
  • An extensive timeline that tracks the historical inter-relationships of science and photographic imaging
  • An interactive map of images made and used on campus by faculty members, researchers, and students in the course of their work
  • Downloadable pdfs of project generated print materials, including SEEING SCIENCE tabloids and poster

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