Scientists as Consultants in Hollywood: Book Discussion and Screening of Carl Sagan's Contact
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
Readers in the Washington, DC area may be interested in this free event coming up at American University on Thurs. Oct. 27 and sponsored by the School of Communication. A video of the discussion will also be available in the weeks following the event.
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Scientists as Consultants in Hollywood:
Book Discussion with David Kirby and Screening of Carl Sagan's Contact
Join SOC Professor Matthew Nisbet and University of Manchester (UK) scholar David Kirby as they discuss the role of scientists as Hollywood consultants on blockbuster movies ranging from Jurassic Park to a Beautiful Mind. Kirby, author of the new book Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists and Cinema, will show clips and explain how consulting scientists on films not only shape cultural understanding but also the direction of scientific research.
Following the hour-long discussion with Kirby there will be a screening of Carl Sagan’s Contact starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. Kirby will also be signing copies of his book.
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