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Public Film Screening (Berkeley): "Journeys of Black Mathematicians: Forging Resilience" [SOLD OUT] February 07, 2024 (06:30 PM PST - 08:30 AM PST)
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Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
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Film Premiere: "Journeys of Black Mathematicians" in Berkeley, CA

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM PST

Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Google Maps)

Event Schedule: Doors open 6:00pm. Film Screening 6:30-7:45pm, filmmaker Q&A and dessert reception to follow.

** TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT AS OF FEBRUARY 5. However, any seats that remain open as of 6:25pm on the event day will be offered to non-ticket holders on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders arriving late can not be guaranteed seating.


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All are welcome to join the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute (SLMath, formerly MSRI) and Zala Films for the public premiere of the "Journeys of Black Mathematicians: Forging Resilience" (2024) documentary film by Director George Csicsery (Oakland, CA).

This is a free screening and RSVPs are requested to assist with event logistics. The film will be shown with English language open captions.

View Film Trailer: 

Journeys of Black Mathematicians: Forging Resilience (trailer) from Zala Films.

About the Film: Journeys of Black Mathematicians: Forging Resilience traces the evolution of a culture of Black scholars, scientists and educators. The film follows the stories of prominent pioneers, showing how the challenges they faced and their triumphs are reflected in the experiences of today's mid-career Black mathematicians. Their mathematical descendants in turn are contemporary college students, and K-12 children across the U.S. who are learning that they belong in mathematics and STEM.

The film is also available in the U.S. for online streaming rental, and for organizational screenings. Learn more: https://www.zalafilms.com/jbm/forging.html#stream.

About the Director: GEORGE PAUL CSICSERY is a writer and independent filmmaker since 1968. He has directed 38 films, many about the lives and work of mathematicians, including N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul ErdÅ‘s (1993), Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem (2008), Hard Problems: The Road to the World’s Toughest Math Contest (2008), Taking the Long View: The Life of Shiing-Shen Chern (2011), Counting from Infinity: Yitang Zhang and the Twin Primes Conjecture (2015), Navajo Math Circles (2016), and Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani (2020). In 2024 he released Journeys of Black Mathematicians: Forging Resilience, the first in a series on the lives and work of African-American mathematicians.

In 2009 Csicsery received the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award for bringing mathematics to non-mathematical audiences. In 2017-2019 he was Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. For more information and a complete list of his films visit www.zalafilms.com.

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