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Physics Colloquium: Dr. Rebecca Thompson, Fermilab

Wed May 5, 2021 4:00PM - 5:00PM • Calendars: Colloquia

From Game of Thrones to Frozen: What Hollywood Can Teach Us About the Importance of Science in Storytelling

Dr. Rebecca Thompson
Head of Education and Public Engagement
Fermilab

The finale of Game of Thrones was the most-watched single show in HBO’s history and Frozen II was the highest-grossing animated movie ever. Clearly these blockbusters, and others like them, are telling stories that people want to hear. They are also packed with science concepts. From Valyrian steel to snow anchors, storytelling relies on science to drawn in and keep an audience. Just as important is how they can use deviations from real-life science effectively without pushing the audience out of the story. This talk with focus on how many of the pop culture juggernauts incorporate science, whether consciously or unintentionally, to strengthen the story and audience engagement.

Hosted by Prof. Brodeur

All interested persons are invited to attend remotely—email physics@nd.edu for information.

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