Science in the Cinema:  Akeelah and the Bee

Hosted by the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, Science in the Cinema brings together science and popular culture in a fun and engaging way. Watch a film with a health science theme and listen to an expert explain the science behind the movie. An interactive question and answer period follows each movie. Admission is FREE and all attendees will receive a voucher for a free small popcorn! All Calgary screenings currently take place at the Globe Cinema, 617-8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB. VISIT THE FACEBOOK PAGE | SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS | QUESTIONS?

Science in the Cinema will be changing venues to THE PLAZA THEATRE in Kensington (1133 Kensington Road NW). We will have the same format with a moderated question and answer session by University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine researchers after each screening, and as always, free admission and popcorn!

November 8, 2017: Doors open at 6:30 pm

Akeelah and the Bee is the inspiring true story of Akeelah Anderson.
Overcoming many obstacles in her African-American community in South Los Angeles she participates in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Akeelah’s father is dead, her mom ignores her, and her brother runs with the local gang; she’s smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations.

Speakers Drs. Sheri Madigan and Nicole Racine will lead a discussion following the movie about the ways a community and parents can use early upbringing practices to build resiliency in children.

Dr. Madigan holds the Canada Research Chair in the Determinants of Child Development at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Racine is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Madigan’s lab studying the role of early environment stress on children’s development.


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Location: The Plaza Theatre - 1133 Kensington Road NW, Calgary