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  1. Sunday, February 18, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Contact.

Emeritus Professor Richard H. Durisen is scheduled to introduce the film.

Based on the novel by renowned author/physicist Carl Sagan, Contact depicts the gripping story of a radio astronomer, Ellie Arroway, who receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth. As world leaders scramble to decipher the message and decide upon a course of action, she vies to fulfill her dream of becoming the first human being to make contact with alien beings. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Robert Zemeckis, this thoughtful and philosophical epic features an all-star supporting cast, including John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, and Angela Bassett. (35mm Presentation)

Indiana University Emeritus Professor Richard H. Durisen will introduce the film. Professor Durisen joined the IU Astronomy faculty in 1976. He received a B.S. in Physics from Fordham University in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Princeton University in 1972. Professor Durisen has had extended research leaves at NASA-Ames Research Center as an NRC Research Associate and at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics as Fulbright Fellow and an Alexander von Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Awardee. He also has a long-standing interest in science fiction and film. Science on screen