From the Desk of Beth Willman /// SAVING HUBBLE

This Thursday inaugurates the Hurford Center’s new Fall 2012 Tuttle Film Series “Re-Envisioning Film Across the Disciplines,” featuring three films and conversations organized by faculty from the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.  The series’ first film is Saving Hubble (2012, 70mins), directed by David Gaynes, who will be joining us for the screening at 7:00 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium, as well as for a public observing (weather permitting) at 8:45pm after the post-film discussion.  Also along for the ride is Dr. Nitya Kallivayalil (YCAA Prize Fellow, Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics).  The event’s organizer and host is Assistant Professor of Astronomy Beth Willman, who explains how it all fits together:

I’m excited to host this film at Haverford, for the ways it will impact my Astronomical Ideas class and for the opportunity that it brings to connect with the community outside of our class – inside and outside Haverford.  Both director David Gaynes and astronomer Nitya Kallivayalil (Yale) will host a post-film discussion.  I’m thrilled that some local amateur astronomers will also be joining us for the screening, with a few bringing their own telescopes for sky (and moon) viewing after the event if skies are clear.

Dr. Kallivayalil’s participation in the screening will enrich our discussion about this film, thanks to her unique expertise in using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to measure the orbits of the Magellanic Clouds.  The day after the screening, both director Gaynes and Dr. Kallivayalil will visit Astronomical Ideas to tell the students (and some of their parents!) more about their work and to answer questions.  To complement this event, we will be talking in class about the public’s perception of science and astronomy and about the unique contributions of HST’s superior image quality to astronomy.  All Astronomical Ideas students will be working collaboratively next month to record podcasts inspired by HST observations of a specific astronomical object.

Here’s a trailer for Saving Hubble. See you in Stokes Auditorium, this Thursday 10/25 at 7:00 p.m.  Thanks to the Distinguished Visitors Program, the KINSC, and the Center’s Leaves of Grass Fund for additional support.


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