Syracuse University's School of Information Studies will present the 1997 film Gattaca April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Maxwell Auditorium. The presentation, part of the Spring 2003 series Back to the Future: Classic Movies of the Information Age, is free and open to the public. The movie will be followed by a discussion led by Associate Professor Thomas Martin.
The mapping of the human genome was heralded as one of the major scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century. Gattaca, the name of which is derived from the letters used to label the nucleotide bases of DNA (guanine, thymine, cytosine and adenine), is a sci-fi thriller about genetic engineering run amok. Set in the not-so-distant future, the film describes a society where it is possible to genetically engineer every perceived defect out of newborn children. Those born with genetically engineered DNA, called the valids, have advantages in society that are not open to those born with random DNA sequences or the invalids. The story is about a genetic have not, played by Ethan Hawke, and his attempt to beat the system and realize his dream of becoming an astronaut at a major space exploration company.
The Back to the Future: Classic Movies of the Information Age series focuses on the challenges of the Information Age as depicted in movies. Each film is followed by a discussion that addresses the philosophical, ethical and psychological challenges of the Information Age, including issues of identity theft, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. For more information about the series call 443-6140.