The Rosendale Theatre is one of only 36 proud recipients of the nationwide Science on Screen® Grant Program. This competitive program is funded by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation–a grant-making institution dedicated to the public understanding of science. The series pairs film screenings with presentations by scientists.
As part of this series, we assembled an outstanding panel of experts to compliment two films: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and William and the Windmill. The Panel included: Cameron Zohoori, filmmaker, editor and producer; Joanne Sandler social justice advocate in southern African nations; Shereen Essof, Executive Director of JASS; Wendy Saul, former President of the International Book Bank; Dr. Rachmadian Wulandana, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at SUNY, New Paltz; Andrew Goodin, award-winning high school teacher.
Based on the book by Dr. Oliver Sacks, MD., a screening of the Academy Award winning film, Awakenings, was followed by an online discussion titled: Brain Teaser: Neuroscience and Ethics in Experimentation–More Tales of How Science Works with panelists: Joyce Sprafkin, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Psychiatry, SUNY Stony Brook; Stephen Post, Ph.D., Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics, SUNY Stony Brook; Iris Granek, M.D., Chairperson Family Medicine Department, SUNY Stony Brook; Lory Bright-Long, M.D., Geriatric Psychiatrist, SUNY Stony Brook
Exploring issues facing modern society, the film asked: What is artificial intelligence? What are the Bias in AI design and racial and gender discrimination? If Science makes mistakes along the way: Who decides what is acceptable error is? Our screening of CODED BIAS included a panel discussion with: Maureen Morrow, Ph.D., Biology and Virology, SUNY New Paltz; Keith O’Hara, Ph.D., Computer Science Program, Bard College; Juan Figueroa, Ulster County Sheriff; Tyrell Connor, Ph.D., Criminology & Sociology Department, SUNY New Paltz