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Science Café Film & Book Discussion Group

Spring 2021 will mark our 28th gathering of H-LSAMP students who love to read, talk about books and films, and explore ideas about life and science woven into compelling stories.

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Science Café participants are expected to engage in this activity by paying careful attention to the details in the selected film or book, taking the time to learn about the science, history, and/or culture that informs the plot and themes and, importantly, actively contributing to group discussion.

We share a home-cooked dinner prior to our discussion, which we hope will not only stimulate appetites but also good conversation. A shared table builds community! That's why we call it Science Café!

David von Miller (H-LSAMP Director) and Dr. Greg Passty (Professor, Dept. of Mathematics) lead our seminar-style discussions by providing questions for a close reading of chosen books and guide our analysis and criticism of chosen films.  This Spring 2021 semester will be reading and discussing "Numbers Don't Lie" by Vaclav Smil.



Science Cafe book cover images

book cover images of all the books we have read in the past.

The mosaic below is a history of the books and films we have read and discussed over the years.....