ETOPiA Presents Film and Concert Series

Free movies "Chasing Ice" & "For All Mankind” and free symphony concert “Celestial Suite"


This year’s ETOPiA event will celebrate science and engineering through music and film.

Two documentary films — Chasing Ice and For All Mankind — and a live symphony concert — Celestial Suite — will mark the tenth season of ETOPiA: Engineering Transdisciplinary Project in the Arts, an outreach initiative that seeks to inspire cross-disciplinary dialogue about the roles of science and technology in society.

All events are free and open to the public. The films will be screened in the Technological Institute’s Lecture Room 2 (LR2); the concert will take place in Pick-Staiger Hall. A faculty discussion will immediately follow each event. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Ermin WeiErmin Wei, assistant professor of electrical engineering, is producing this year’s ETOPiA event with help from executive producer Matthew Grayson, associate professor of electrical engineering. Grayson founded ETOPiA in 2008. Pedram Khalili, associate professor of electrical engineering, is this year’s co-organizer.

Chasing Ice documents one photographer’s mission to tell the story of Earth’s changing climate. It will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4.

For All Mankind documents NASA’s nine Apollo space missions that occurred between 1968 and 1972. It will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11.

Cosmos in Concert will feature the musical works Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland, Song to the Moon by Antonin Dvorak, and Celestial Suite by James Stephenson. Visual art, created by musician and graduate student Kyle Kremer, will accompany Celestial Suite. The multimedia event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 18.

This fall’s ETOPiA event is sponsored by the Barry and Mary Ann McLean Fund for Art and Engineering and the James F. and Mary L. Gibbons Art and Technology Fund. Cosmos in Concert is sponsored by Northwestern’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, ASG Wild Ideas, and The Graduate School.