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The Culture and Science signature event series hosted by the UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics provides a forum for discussion and exploration of how science applies to our cultural interests. These events offer our alumni and friends an opportunity to connect various components of culture to the intricacies of science.

NSM Movie Night

NSM Movie Night #2: Angels & Demons

Friday, October 23
6:30 – 10 pm

Dive into the mysteries of the Vatican with Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons for our second movie night with live discussion and post-movie Q&A by NSM’s Dr. Rene Bellwied, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Physics at the University of Houston. Dr. Bellwied has a unique connection with the film as parts of it were filmed in his CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) laboratory in Switzerland.

Rene Bellwied

Dr. Rene Bellwied is an experimental nuclear physicist working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. His group is interested in measuring and understanding the formation of visible matter during the early evolution of the Universe. They study the phase transition from a state of free quarks and gluons, called the Quark-Gluon Plasma, to the particles that populate the cosmos now, such as pions, protons and neutrons.

Movie Night Schedule

6:30 pm
Live movie introduction and scientific overview with Dr. Bellwied

7 – 9:30 pm
Watch the movie on your own

9:30 – 10 pm
Interactive Q&A with Dr. Bellwied about the reality of the science in the film

Accessing the Movie

Angels & Demons is free with a STARZ subscription and available to rent from $3.99 from a variety of sources. We’ve listed some popular sites below:

RSVP Here to Participate

You’ll receive the Zoom link via email the day of the event.

If you have questions, please contact Jasmine Harrison at 713-743-7952 or jkharris@central.uh.edu.


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