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    Screening Event: "Contact" with WBEZ's "Nerdette" and Jill Tarter

    Join Chicago Ideas & WBEZ for a screening of the film "Contact," followed by a Q&A with WBEZ's Nerdette podcast and the SETI Institute's Jill Tarter, who is the basis for Jodie Foster's character in the film.

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM @ Logan Theatre
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    Tricia Bobeda
    Nerdette Co-Host and Senior Editor of Digital, WBEZ
    Jill Tarter
    Bernard M. Oliver Chair, SETI Institute
    Greta Johnson
    Nerdette Co-Host, Weekend Anchor and Reporter, WBEZ

    On Wednesday, May 10 join Chicago Ideas and WBEZ for a screening of the 1997 smash hit film Contact at Chicago's Logan Theatre. The film—which was written by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan—was based on the work of Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute and is played by the iconic Jodie Foster.

    The screening will feature free popcorn and soda for attendees and, after the movie ends, there will be a Q&A between Tarter and Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnson of WBEZ's Nerdette podcast. Tarter will be in Conversation at Chicago Ideas' event The Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine and Extraterrestrial the following night where she'll discuss the future of the planet Earth alongside Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser and philosopher Patricia Churchland. 

    Nerdette Podcast features interviews with your favorite authors, artists, astronauts and more. Because everybody is a little nerdy about something. 

    The Logan Theater reserves the right to check bags upon entrance to the theater

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:30 - 9:30 PM
    Logan Theatre
    2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
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    Here are a list of things you can do before and after the event to join the conversation.

    - Subscribe to WBEZ's Nerdette podcast and newsletter.

    - Download Scientific American's 60-Second Science podcast

    - Support ChickTech, an organization with chapters spread across the United States, that offers events that encourage women to enter the STEM fields. Giving support and empowerment to those hoping to turn their interest in technology into a career, ChickTech works to make this space as inclusive as it always should have been. 

    - Attend Chicago Ideas' Curiosity Series program "The Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine & Extraterrestrial" with Dartmouth's Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement on May 11 for more with Jill Tarter.

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