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CogFest 2020

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Ohio State University’s Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, in partnership with the Wexner Center for the Arts, is excited to present:
Film Screening of Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016)
Special Guest Presentation and Q&A with Dr. Jessica Coon
Saturday, February 8th, 2:00 – 5:30 pm
Wexner Center for the Arts, Film and Video Theater

Ohio State University’s Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Wexner Center for the Arts are pleased to make this event free and open to the public. The event will begin at the Wexner Center for the Arts with a showing of the science fiction film Arrival at 2:00pm.

Arrival largely focuses on one question: how do you communicate with an alien? If an alien civilization is advanced enough to build a spaceship to traverse interstellar space to reach Earth, then bridging a language barrier between them and us might seem like a trivial affair. The film illustrates such an assumption to be quite tenuous. Amy Adams stars as Louise Banks, a linguist who is recruited to communicate with an alien species that has landed on Earth. She races to crack the alien language code, while doubt and fear among the world’s governments threaten to give way to full-scale military confrontation. The film was written by Eric Hesserer (based on a 1998 short story “Story of Your Life,” by Ted Chiang). It also stars Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker.

The film will be followed by special guest speaker Dr. Jessica Coon. Dr. Coon is an associate professor of linguistics at McGill University, Canada Research Chair, and linguistics expert consultant on the film. Dr. Coon’s presentation, geared to a broad audience of non-experts and experts alike, reflects on her experiences working on the film and discusses its central linguistic themes. Additionally, Dr. Coon will talk about linguistic fieldwork and highlight the importance of linguistic diversity. The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A with the expert guest.

Hourly pay-parking is available at the Ohio Union South Garage (1759 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210) or at the Arps Garage (1950 College Rd N, Columbus, OH 43210).

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February 8
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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