The Colonial held a socially distant screening on Thursday, May 20th at 7:30 pm in the 1903 Theatre. The film was followed by an in-person presentation by the speaker, Dr. Karen Schwarz.

Dr. Karen Schwarz received her BS in Physics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and her PhD in Astrophysics from Arizona State University.  Dr. Schwarz is an associate professor in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences at West Chester University.  She also serves as the Director of the Mather Planetarium.  In this role, she presents over 80 shows a year to school groups and the general public. Dr. Schwarz’s scientific research is in the area of interacting binary stars.  In particular, she studies elemental abundances in classical novae.  Recently, she has moved into astronomy education research.  Dr. Schwarz is interested in assessing the impact that informal education settings have on student learning.

Science on Screen ® is a grant-funded program that pairs film screenings with presentations by notable speakers in the field of STEM. The Colonial Theatre has participated in this program for 5 consecutive years.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

FILM SYNOPSIS When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real – or is he?