Science Goes To The Movies: ‘Contact’ In Portland, OR

On February 5th, join us at McMenamins Kennedy School Theater as we screen ‘Contact’, plus a live conversation with local experts.

an image of jodie foster wearing large headphones in front of a computer monitor, in character as doctor eleanor arroway in contact, with a small orange box with the words "science goes to the movies"
Still from Contact, featuring Jodie Foster as Dr. Ellie Arroway. Courtesy of Warner Bros.

When: February 5th, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Where: McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Tickets: $5 adults, $3 kids 12 & under

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Science Friday is taking our radio series Science Goes To The Movies to movie theaters around the country to reveal the science behind some of our favorite films! This time, we’re teaming up with McMenamins’ Kennedy School Theater to present Contact, the 1997 sci-fi drama based on Carl Sagan’s book of the same name. 

Following the film, we will host a live conversation with local experts ready to explore the science, technology, and astronomy from the movie. 

Meet The Experts

  • Myka Jaap Youngápelian has roots in New Mexico and is currently a Research Assistant in The Nadeau Lab at Portland State University. As a PSU alumnus, Youngápelian’s research in The Nadeau Lab centers on microbial motility and pathogenesis of urinary tract infection-causing bacteria. He plans to obtain his Ph.D. in molecular biology in Northern Europe in the near future.
  • Dr. Anne Santiago is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Portland University. She brings an attitude of “reckless generosity” to her teaching and service at the University of Portland. Dr. Santiago’s research interests also reflect her desire to make a positive difference in the world, focusing on projects that may be useful to practitioners in the field.

McMenamins Kennedy School Theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Movie showings are closed captioned, and the theater offers individual Captiview closed caption devices. In addition, they offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices. The theater is wheelchair accessible. Please inquire if you need assistance.

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About Diana Plasker

Diana Plasker is the Experiences Manager at Science Friday, where she creates live events and partnerships to delight and engage audiences in the world of science.

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