USF Real-to-Reel Events Merge Science and the Arts

Researchers are collaborating with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) to hold public forums on disabilities in film and everyday life. These events raise awareness and dialogue on what can be learned from films and fiction.

The Real to Reel series builds on the university-wide "Science, Art, and Culture" initiative. The series has generated many community partners and is led by Jacqueline Hinckley, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and David Frankel, MFA, Assistant Director of the theatre program in the School of Theatre & Dance.

According to Dr. Hinckley, "This makes science accessible to people from all walks of life." People living with disabilities and their families, therapists, counselors, USF students and faculty, and community members have discussed the accuracy of the films and how they relate to lived experience.

The next event is April 3, 2012 (the day following World Autism Awareness Day), which will feature the film Rain Man. Attendance has been strong, so early registration is encouraged. The event is free to USF students with a valid ID, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered to speech and language pathologists. Please call 813-987-6000 for more information.