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Inaugural Roger Ebert Symposium – Empathy for the Universe: Storytelling and Data Visualization

October 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Join the College of Media, the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and Chaz Ebert at the inaugural Roger Ebert Symposium as we explore interactive storytelling, data visualization, and science communication.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets for the film and the symposium are not required, however, preference will be given to individuals who pre-register online.

The Ebert Symposium will feature interactive panels, public discussion, and lunch-hour movie clip previews, followed by a free screening of the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet at the IMAX theater, a co-sponsor of the event.


Featured events & discussions

Science on the Screen
Discussants Donna J. Cox, Brand Fortner, and Chaz Ebert
Terry Virts, former Astronaut and IMAX cinematographer for “A Beautiful Planet”
Toni Myers, Director/Writer “A Beautiful Planet” and other NASA IMAX films
Doron Weber, Writer and VP and Program Director, Sloan Foundation
Nate Kohn, Roger Ebert Film Festival; Associate Director, Peabody Awards

Story Framing and Visualization
Discussants:  Brant Houston, Brand Fortner, and Donna Cox
Dr. Katie Mack, North Carolina State University, “Astro Katie”
Dr. Karrie Karahalios, University of Illinois

Interconnectedness in Arts and Sciences
Discussants: Anita Chan, Chaz Ebert, and Donna Cox
Dr. Temple Grandin, University of Colorado, “Temple Grandin”  (live remote)
Assistant Professor Stacey Robinson, University of Illinois, AfroFuturism
Rachel Switzky, Inaugural Director for the Seibel Center for Design

“A Beautiful Planet” IMAX film (45 minutes)
           IMAX Theater 232 W. Burwash, Savoy


October 1, 2018
9:00 am - 2:30 pm


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


NCSA Auditorium
1205 W. Clark St.
Urbana, IL 61801 United States
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