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Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living

Friday, October 18, 2019 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building


Chemistry and Film: Experiments in Living, a symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Art and Art History and Chemistry at Stanford.

How has the practice of chemistry been depicted in movies, from Hollywood features to high school training documentaries of the 1950s and 1960s? What are the ways that moments of discovery—Eureka!—and the persona of the chemist have been shown? How has the chemistry of film itself been understood? And when it is said that two actors on screen have great “chemistry,” what exactly does this mean? This symposium invites a broad range of reflections on these and kindred topics. 

Featuring Uwe Bergmann, Distinguished Staff Scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Scott Bukatman, Professor, Film and Media Studies; Shane Denson, Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies; Vince Pane, Ph.D. student, Chemistry; Jack Reidy, Research Safety Specialist, Environmental Health & Safety; and Adam Tobin, Senior Lecturer, Film and Media Studies

Image: The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935). Directed by William Dieterle. Photofest.

VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on the Stanford campus at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4 pm on weekdays, except by the Oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and ride the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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