Science On Screen Presents ‘Panic in the Streets’

Ben Althouse. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The popular Science On Screen series continues with Panic in the Streets at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31 at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail, in Santa Fe. For tickets and prices, call the CCA Box Office at 505.982.1338.

Elia Kazan’s 1950s film noir follows a U.S. Public Health Service agent and a police detective as they race through the streets of New Orleans to prevent an outbreak of pneumonic plague. The movie, filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, won an Oscar for best writing and launched the genre of outbreak movies.

Epidemiologist Ben Althouse, a Santa Fe Insitute (SFI) Omidyar Fellow, will use this film as a backdrop to examine the history of public health response to infectious disease.

Science On Screen is a collaboration of SFI and the CCA. During each showing, an Institute scientist presents a favorite film, offering personal perspectives and insights from the world of science. It’s an idea-rich spin on the movies.

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