Movie at Union South: Inherit the Wind

The Isthmus Society of UW-Madison is sponsoring the showing of the 1960 Oscar-nominated classic "Inherit the Wind". The film, which helped shape the American debate over the teaching of evolution in the public schools, stars Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, and Gene Kelly. Prior to the screening, Ronald L. Numbers, the Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine Emeritus at UW-Madison, will give a historical introduction to the film and its legacy. The event is free and open to the public. If you’re a Madison Skeptic who would like to sit in group during the movie, look for someone holding a “Madison Skeptics” sign outside the Marquee Theater until about 10 minutes before show time. Madison Skeptics are also invited to gather in the Prairie Fire coffee house/wine bar on first floor of Union South after the film for lively conversation.

Hope to see folks there!

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  • Nick S.

    I'll be there for Ron Numbers' presentation, but I probably won't stay for the movie. I know the actual trial so well that it's a little painful to watch a dramatization intended primarily as an attack on McCarthyism. I haven't been able to find specific confirmation, but I think what will start at 7 is the intro.

    April 28, 2014

    • Ingrid

      I had no idea about the political context (i.e., the McCarthyism aspect of the film), but Ron Numbers did an excellent job providing some of that info afterwards. Sorry you missed at the event, but hopefully we'll have a chance to catch up in person again soon!

      May 1, 2014

  • Peter W.

    Wish i could join you all but I'm away on a business trip in Texas. Have fun, one and all!

    April 28, 2014

    • Ingrid

      We'll catch up again one of these days, Peter! Safe travels, I know you do a lot of that!

      May 1, 2014

  • Deborah Katz H.

    I'm going to try like crazy to come to the movie (it's one of my favorites) but will have to drive from Verona so I'm hoping I get there by 7 (checked and that's when the movie is scheduled to start).

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Ingrid

      Missed you, but hope we'll see you soon again at another event, Deborah!

      May 1, 2014

  • Jeremy

    I really wish I could have made it, but alas work is keeping me at my desk. Hope everyone enjoys the movie!

    April 29, 2014

    • Ingrid

      Hopefully we'll see you at another event, then, Jeremy!

      May 1, 2014

  • Jackie W.

    It was excellent!

    1 · April 30, 2014

    • Ingrid

      Good to see you there! :)

      May 1, 2014

  • Jackie W.

    Forgot to givre my address. It's on the west side near Macy's and Metcalfe's. I can meet anyone who could take me on the University side of Metcalfe's so you won't have to negotiate all the twists and turns to my apartment.

    April 27, 2014

    • Ingrid

      I should be able to give you a ride, Jackie. Will PM you to share my phone # to help facilitate this...

      April 28, 2014

  • Jackie W.

    I was planning to ride, but it's probably going to be pouring. I know it's late notice, but is there anyone who could give me a ride to and from? One of the few disadvantages of a bicycle. Thanks.

    April 27, 2014

  • Jackie W.

    I'd love to go! How long is it?

    April 21, 2014

    • Ingrid

      I think the Isthmus Society said it would be about 90 minutes long. The actual start time for the film is 7:00, but I put down 6:30 as the meeting time if people want to sit together. Hope you can make it! :)

      April 21, 2014

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