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Science Goes to the Movies

Thursday, June 2, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Cutting edge technology has radically changed modern warfare and the modern soldier, perhaps exerting its greatest impact through the introduction of automated drones. In this live edition of CUNY TV’s “Science Goes to the Movies,” journalist Faith Salie and neuroscientist Heather Berlin lead an exploration of the technical, ethical, and psychological effects of drone warfare, as dramatically depicted in clips from films such as “Eye in the Sky.” Join a lively and engaging conversation sweeping across the battlefield and the big screen.

Science Goes to the Movies is made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and CUNY TV.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology Initiative.


This program is presented in collaboration with The Museum of the Moving Image.


Heather BerlinNeuroscientist

Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist, assistant professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

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Pamela AbshireBioengineer

Pamela Abshire is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of specialty are in the fields of integrated circuit design and bioengineering.

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Bertram F. MalleCognitive Scientist

Bertram F. Malle is professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. He studied psychology, philosophy, and linguistics in Graz, Austria, before coming to the United States in 1990 for graduate studies.

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Wendell WallachBioethicist

Wendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He is also a senior advisor to The Hastings Center, a fellow at the Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law (Arizona State University), and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology.

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Faith SalieAuthor, Journalist, Comedian

Faith Salie is a three-time Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! She’s hosted five seasons of PBS’s Science Goes to the Movies and is a storyteller for The Moth. She hosts the new podcast “One Plus One,” from Wondery.

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