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Sept. 8, 2009

'Movies@MNH' starts Sept. 13 with film on 'Silent Spring' author

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will kick off this semester's "Movies @ MNH" series with a screening of "A Sense of Wonder" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Macbride Auditorium.

The film depicts the life of Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring," the book that thrust her into the center of political turmoil for years to come. The documentary-style film depicts Carson in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, she recounts with both humor and anger the attacks on her by the chemical industry, the government, and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people.

The movie is being presented in cooperation with the UI Environmental Science Program, the UI Office of Sustainability and ECO Iowa City. The film will also be shown at the Iowa City Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.

All "Movies @ MNH" will be shown at 2 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Upcoming movie dates include:

--Sept. 20, "The World's Greatest Fair."
--Oct. 11, "Lost Nation-The Ioway."
--Oct. 15, "Lost Nation-The Ioway" Special 6 p.m. showing in cooperation with the Midwest Archaeological Conference.
--Nov. 1, "Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery" Part 1.
--Nov. 8, "Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery" Part 2
--Dec. 6, "Curious George."

"Our movie series compliments our other monthly programs with fun yet educational showings ranging from documentaries to family-oriented features," said Sarah Horgen, MNH education and outreach coordinator.

"The World's Greatest Fair" and "Lewis and Clark" are being shown in conjunction with the current exhibit, "The Museum Goes to the Fair," which opened Aug. 28 and runs until Feb. 21, 2010.

"Lost Nation-The Ioway" will be shown during October, which is Iowa Archaeology Month. The documentary highlights the Native American tribe that is Iowa's namesake but is not well known even by residents of the state.

"Curious George" is a fun movie that will appeal to children and adults alike and takes place in a natural history museum.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Holly Berg