UMS presents live presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey


UMS and Michigan Engineering will present a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, 50 years after the iconic film’s premiere. Live orchestral and choral accompaniment will be performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Musica Sacra at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 at Hill Auditorium.

Long recognized as one of the greatest science fiction works of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey is celebrated for its technological realism, its innovative special effects, and its bold use of music. The film brought worldwide fame to both Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra and the music of György Ligeti. It also created one of cinema’s most memorable images, of a spaceship floating serenely through space to the strains of Johann Strauss’s waltz The Blue Danube.

This event is free, with priority given to those who register in advance for complimentary general admission tickets. A number of free events have been programmed in conjunction with the screening in celebration of technological advancements related to the themes explored in the film.

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Tech Takeover on Ingalls Mall

Fri, Sep 21 // 5-7 pm // Ingalls Mall

Michigan Engineering has leading experts in the provocative socio-technical themes explored in the film — deep space propulsion, robotics, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. Before the live screening, the community is invited to Ingalls Mall, just outside Hill Auditorium, where Michigan Engineering researchers will discuss and demonstrate how far we’ve come — from science fiction to science fact.

Pre-Performance Discussion

Imagination and Inspiration: The Impact of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Fri, Sep 21 // 6:30 pm // Location TBA

Faculty from Michigan Engineering will discuss and explore the ways in which artificial intelligence portrayed in the film has impacted and inspired their field of research and study.

Saturday Morning Physics

Opening Up the Solar System and Beyond:

The Promise of Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion

Sat, Sep 22 // 10:30 am – 12 noon // Weiser Hall, Rooms 170 & 182

In this talk, Dr. John Foster (U-M Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences) surveys propulsion technologies that can enable reduced trip times for robotic and human missions alike beyond Mars, opening up the full solar system to in-depth exploration and eventual colonization. The U-M Saturday Morning Physics Program features lectures designed for general audiences, providing an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms.

Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Ariel Waldman: Unexpected Space Exploration

Thu, Sep 27 // 5:10 pm // Michigan Theater

Ariel Waldman serves on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that nurtures radical, science-fiction-inspired ideas that could transform future space missions. She is also the founder of, a directory for citizen scientist participation in space exploration, and the global director of Science Hack Day, a grassroots science prototyping initiative in over 25 countries. Waldman is the 2013 recipient of the Champion of Change in Citizen Science, an honor from the Obama White House, author of the book What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There, and co-author of a National Academy of Sciences report on the future of human spaceflight.


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