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Science on Screen: Hidden Figures

Film + Panel Discussion

Adapted from Margot Lee Shetterly’s book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.

The film focuses on the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.

The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Panel Discussion

After the film, participate in a panel discussion with accomplished and experienced Hartford, Connecticut-based women of color that excel in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) occupations.


Tara Spain is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Travelers Foundation and Second Vice President for Community Relations at Travelers.


Shakira Aida Ramos, Deputy Regional Fleet Manager for Asia/Pacific Region, Pratt & Whitney

Leticia Colon de Mejias, Founder & CEO, Energy Efficiencies Solutions

Sandra S. Inga is the STEM Director for Hartford (CT) Public Schools.

Carla Gunn is a partner of Manchester OB-GYN.

Anjanette Ferris is a cardiologist and an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at The Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Tysha Wiggins, FAA Private Pilot, Pegasus Air Charter at Hartford-Brainard Airport

Science on Screen® is a film series that features “creative pairings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.” Real Art Ways was one of the eight original theaters chosen nationally to curate our own series.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE.
With major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

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Science on Screen: How to Regulate a Robot?

Science on Screen® features creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

The film is Ex Machina, the 2014 science fiction/drama/mystery from director Alex Garland, the writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test–charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated–and more deceptive–than the two men could have imagined.

Pre-film presentation:  New challenges lie ahead as we invite robots into our homes. Do we owe rights and protections to the robots? Who is liable if a robot injures us? And is there a future for privacy in a world where robots and other appliances are always listening?

About the Speaker: BJ Ard’s research focuses on the law’s response to technological change, with particular interests in intellectual property, privacy, and e-commerce. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Yale Law School and Resident Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. This fall he will join the faculty at the University of Arizona.

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