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Film Festival - The Day After Tomorrow

Wednesday - October 18, 2006
MAC Playhouse - 3:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Hosted by: Dr. Robert Singer, Professor of English
College Now English Course Coordinator
Dr. Mary Ortiz, College Now Science Course Coordinator

The Day After Tomorrow

About the Movie: The Day After Tomorrow
Director, Roland Emmerich - Rating PG 13
In the film, The Day After Tomorrow, the audience witnesses the near-destruction of most of the world due to deadly and uncontrollable climactic conditions which were largely controllable by society if it had acted in concert to make positive changes in the form of industrial and scientific reforms. Some of the film's special effects are amazing but also frightening. Issues involving global warming, industrial waste, and other matters that involve the relationship between science and scientists who warn industry about its dangerous practices, many of which could be controlled by governmental legislation, were not taken seriously in time to alter the ruination of the world as we know it. Floods, storms, and other climatic changes could have been less severe or even prevented if people acted in time to preserve and respect the environment.

About the Presenter: Dr. Mary Theresa Ortiz
Dr. Mary Ortiz is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kingsborough Community College. Interested in space since childhood, she has worked for NASA in the Space Life Sciences Training Program at The Kennedy Space Center in Florida and as Faculty Research Fellow at The Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
She currently is involved in research focused on restoring eel grass in Jamaica Bay, New York.

ACT - Style Prep

Extra Credit Assignments
You have been asked to write a letter to the school newspaper in which you will express your view concerning the issue of this government's responsibility in controlling industrial pollution and waste by legislating specific laws to protect the environment even if it means interfering with business and free enterprise. Do you feel that the government has the legal and moral right to effectively control how business and industry runs itself when it affects the environment, especially as depicted in this film's messages about global warming and overall wasteful practices. Should the government be the "watchdog" for the environment, and how should science and scientists actively enter into this debate? Freely quote from any source of information and from the film.

Mini-Research Project

(NOTE: This is NOT a research paper - it is a research-oriented experience in which students gather information. They can prepare outlines, note-cards, a bibliography, cite references, or practice any combination of these skills associated with preparing a research paper).

Utilizing the library and its resources, and/or material from the Internet, prepare an investigative project that focuses on any one of these topics associated with the film, The Day After Tomorrow:

a) The first Ice Age
b) the science of climatology
c) tsunamis
d) the Continental Divide

Standard College Essay

Many issues arise from the analysis and discussion of the film, The Day After Tomorrow . Some of the more important issues involve properly funding scientific research into short and long term areas of concern that have a negative impact on the environment, looking for warning signs of environmental decay and danger, working towards a common goal of preservation, instituting industrial safeguards that protect the environment, and a feeling of responsibility to one's country and family in a time of global crisis. There are other related personal and social issues arising from the analysis of this film, and there are only some suggested and significant themes to consider.

In a full-length essay (approximately 400-500 words), later to be revised for content and correctness, discuss any of the issues raised in the film The Day After Tomorrow that you consider to be of special interest either for yourself or for society. Feel free to refer to the film or any source of information in your essay. Explain why and how these issues are significant not only in the film but also in relationship to your own life or the lives of other people.

Event Photos The Day After Tomorrow - Oct. 18, 2006

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