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Honors Colloquium

Fall 2008 Honors Colloquium

URI scientists to examine ‘Hollywood Armageddon’ in Honors Colloquium discussion Sept. 30

A University of Rhode Island climate scientist and a film professor will examine the science and the art of Hollywood movies that feature nightmare narratives as part of URI’s annual fall Honors Colloquium.

Free and open to the public, the discussion will be held Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on URI’s Kingston Campus.

The 2008 Honors Colloquium, “People and Planet: Global Environmental Change,” explores human-caused global change, its consequences and potential responses through a series of lectures, films, exhibits and a cabaret. Weekly events run through Dec. 9.

Kate Moran and Tom Zorabedian will show clips from The Day the Earth Stood Still, Soylent Green, Water World, and The Day After Tomorrow and discuss their relative merits through their respective lenses.

Moran, associate dean of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, is a geological oceanographer who co-led the only scientific drilling expedition to the Arctic Ocean to gain insight into how’s Earth’s climate has changed over millions of years so present and future climate changes can be better understood. She has participated in research expeditions around the world, including Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Zorabedian teaches in the URI Film Media and Communication Studies programs. He has also worked as a film critic for several publications and as an independent film and video producer. His doctoral work at Boston University examined the cultural importance and impact of film.


Major Sponsor:

The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation

Sustaining Sponsors:

URI Office of the President; URI Honors Program; The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment; The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.

Leadership Sponsors:

URI Graduate School of Oceanography and URI College of Arts and Sciences.


Environmental Data Center, URI Department of Natural Resources Science; R.I. Center for the Book at Providence Public Library; R.I. Office of Library and Information Services; R.I. Sea Grant College Program; U.S. E.P.A. Office of Research and Development, Atlantic Ecology Division; URI Classroom Media Services; URI Coastal Institute; URI College of Business Administration; URI College of Engineering; URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences; URI College of Human Science and Services; URI College of Nursing; URI College of Pharmacy; URI Division of Student Affairs; URI Division of University Advancement and the URI Alumni Association; URI Foundation; URI Office of the Provost; URI Office of the Vice President for Administration; URI Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology Services; URI University College.

Colloquium Coordinators:

Professor Steven D'Hondt, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Arthur Spivack, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Judith Swift, Theatre and Communication Studies.

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401-874-2853 or