Past Performances
Friday Night at the Movies

Three documentary films — The BelieversParticle Fever, and Tim’s Vermeer — marked the ninth 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.


The Believers chronicles the controversial events surrounding two University of Utah chemists’ attempts at cold fusion. Following the show, guests joined the film’s co-directors Clayton Brown and Monica Ross — both Northwestern alumni — for a discussion.


Particle Fever follows the inside story of six brilliant scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Northwestern physics professor André de Gouvea and Ian Low, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and fellow at the Northwestern Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering, participated in a discussion after the show.


Tim’s Vermeer documents engineer and art enthusiast Tim Jenison as he seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Following the show, a discussion featured Aggelos Katsaggelos, Joseph Cummings Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Marc Walton, senior scientist at NU-ACCESS, and Jorge NocedalDavid A. and Karen Richards Sachs Professor and chair of industrial engineering and management sciences.