Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue May 18 2021.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Note change in time
The public’s awareness of the consequences of scientific advances often first arises from movies. This course discusses the scientific basis and accuracy of several movies in terms of the messages they convey and their impact on popular culture and science itself. Topics discussed include the search for forbidden knowledge, the creation of life, artificial intelligence, pandemics, genetic engineering, space exploration, ecological issues, and dystopian scenarios caused by population and resource pressures. Depictions of current issues that scientists face are discussed in terms of how they are presented in movies.
Vincent Resh has been a professor at UC Berkeley since 1975, has taught over 20,000 students, and is the recipient of the campus Distinguished Teaching Award. His research includes water-borne disease vectors, water-pollution assessment, and water policy. He has discussed science in the movies for newspapers, magazines, classes, and on radio.
This is a Livestream + Recorded Course
Classes stream live at the scheduled day and time
The Zoom link to attend class will be in the Member Dashboard under "My Schedule"
Classes are also recorded — YouTube video links will post weekly on Fridays by noon in the Member Dashboard under "My Course Materials." No Zoom needed to watch!
Course materials, including videos, will remain available to view and enjoy until May 29