Followed by a discussion with Stephen Schwartz, nonresident senior fellow with the Bulletin.
“A masterstroke.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“One of the first movies to make young and old alike sit up and notice that there was a brave, new world out there.” - Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
Monday, February 12, 6:00 p.m. | High school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) unwittingly hacks into a military supercomputer while searching for new video games. After starting a game of Global Thermonuclear War, Lightman leads the supercomputer to activate the nation’s nuclear arsenal in response to his simulated threat as the Soviet Union, and the once- clueless hacker must find a way to alert the authorities to stop the onset of World War III. Followed by a discussion with Stephen Schwartz, nonresident senior fellow with the Bulletin.
Science on Screen: It’s the end of the world as we know it...and, if we’re being honest, we could use some help in feeling fine. From pandemics to nuclear war, from planet-pulverizing meteors to a city-smashing monster, these films explore all the ways we’re risking destruction. This series is curated in partnership with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, keepers of the Doomsday Clock. Join us as we discuss the end times—and how we can avoid them. View full series.
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