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NLM Offers Free Movie Wednesdays

In conjunction with its ongoing exhibit "The Once & Future Web: Worlds Woven by Telegraph and Internet," the National Library of Medicine is hosting a free public film series. "Wednesday at the Movies" offers a mix of popular films that explore the impact of the telegraph, computers and the Internet on our society and culture. The series, originally scheduled for fall 2001, was postponed due to security measures.

An image of the SAGE computer room in the 1964 doomsday film Fail Safe

The films are shown Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 from Apr. 3 to May 15 in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. A guest speaker will introduce each movie and take questions at the end. All films will be shown with closed captions and a sign-language interpreter will be available for the introductions and discussions.

The schedule is as follows:

Apr. 3, Western Union (director Fritz Lang, 1941) Speaker: Bernard Finn, curator, Division of Electricity and Modern Physics, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Apr. 10, Fail Safe (director Sidney Lumet, 1964) Speaker: Janet Abbate, University of Maryland; historian of computer networks and the Cold War; author of Inventing the Internet, MIT Press, 1999.

Apr. 17, Edison the Man (director Clarence Brown, 1940) Speaker: Robert Friedel, University of Maryland; historian of technology; author of Edison's Electric Light and The Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty.

Apr. 24, The Matrix (directors Andy and Larry Wachowski, 1999) Speaker: Lisa Lynch, Catholic University; visiting professor of media studies.

May 1, Balto (director Simon Wells, 1995) Speaker: Chuck Howell, curator, Library of American Broadcasting, College Park.

May 8, Enemy of the State (director Tony Scott, 1998) Speaker: Marc Rotenberg, Georgetown University School of Law; executive director, Electronic Privacy Information Center.

May 15, You've Got Mail (director Nora Ephron, 1998) Speaker: Katie King, Women Studies Program, University of Maryland; author of Theory in its Feminist Travels.

This is a free public event. As schedules may change without notice, check updated information before the show at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/onceandfutureweb/ or call to verify at 496-5963.


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