Arts and Entertainment

Fall documentary series kicks off with tsunami feature

Noontime films are free, open to the public

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Earth and Mineral Sciences Library’s popular film series returns Sept. 3 and features documentaries on a wide selection of topics related to earth and the environment. All films are free and open to the public in 18 Deike Building (the Earth and Mineral Sciences Art Gallery) at 12:15 p.m. The full schedule is as follows:

Sept. 3 – “Tsunami: Anatomy of a Disaster” (50 minutes): A critical look at the causes, movement and destruction of tsunamis.

Sept. 10 – No film. (The University Park Libraries are holding the annual Open House on Sept. 10 and 11.)

Sept. 17 – “Stuff: A Horizon Guide to Materials” (50 minutes): How the discovery and invention of helium-3, superplastic metals, amongst others, is changing the shape of the “stuff” around us.

Sept. 24 – “Shattered Sky: The Battle for Energy, Economy, and Environment” (57 minutes): How the hole in the ozone layer is shaping the dichotomy between businesses and politicians.

Oct. 1 – “Seeking the Happy Ending” (Peak Moments TV Episodes 233 and 234) (55 minutes): America is obsessed with happiness, but is this too much of a good thing?

Oct. 8 – “Peak Oil Blues” and “Applying a Peak Oil Filter to Financial Choices” (Peak Moments TV Episodes 199, 222) (56 minutes): How oil prices affect us both personally and as a part of a community.

Oct. 15 – “The Price of Sand” (58 minutes): The impacts of silicon mining on the local economies of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Oct. 22 – “Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises” and “Collapse of the Titans” (Peak Moments TV Episodes 192 and 202) (56 minutes): Interviews with Daniel Lerch and Dmitry Orlov about the future of America’s energy instabilities.

Oct. 29 – “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship”

“Ocean Blueprint in the Florida Keys” (11 minutes)

“Saving Whales at Stellwagen Bank” (27 minutes)

“Iowa Farmers & Gulf of Mexico” (22 minutes)

Nov. 5 – “The Creek Runs Red” (57 minutes): How lead and zinc mining has impacted the 100-year old town of Picher, Oklahoma.

Nov. 12 – “Extreme by Design” (57 minutes): A cross-disciplinary approach to find ways to help solve health issues amongst the world’s poorest populations.

Nov. 19 – “Asbestos Connection” (52 minutes): The discovery, production and health effects of asbestos.

Nov. 26 – No film (Thanksgiving)

Dec. 3 – “Mind Your Mind” (47 minutes): How subliminal messages from advertising, politicians and mass media shape the way we think.

Dec. 10 – “Truth about Exercise” (48 minutes): Not all exercises “work out” equally.

If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Elizabeth Long at or 814-865-3720 in advance of your visit.

Last Updated August 28, 2014