Former astronaut Terry Virts

The first Roger Ebert Symposium, “Empathy for the Universe: Storytelling and Data Visualization,” will explore the cinematic presentation of science and related subjects—bringing together an IMAX film shot from space, the former NASA astronaut who shot much of it, the film’s writer/director, and a diverse collection of visualization experts, journalists, scientists, media experts, artists, and designers.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, in the auditorium of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana, starting at 9 a.m. It will feature three visually rich, interactive panel discussions, as well as opportunities to preview movie clips. Capping the day will be a free screening of the IMAX film “A Beautiful Planet,” narrated by Jennifer Lawrence. The screening will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Goodrich Savoy 16 IMAX theater, 232 Burwash Ave., Savoy.  

Tickets for the film and the symposium are not required, however, preference will be given to individuals who pre-register online. Online registration is now open!

See the schedule, participant bios, and register at https://media.illinois.edu/ebert-symposium.