Past Event

Screening and Conversation: The Best Years Of Our Lives: Engineering the Body

March 24, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, New York

Event Description: 

The Museum of the Moving Image's Science on Screen series presents the Academy Award-winning Hollywood classic The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946) about three veterans struggling to readjust to their homes after World War II. The biggest struggle comes for Homer (played by real-life veteran Harold Russell), who has lost both hands in combat and must learn to adapt to prosthetic hooks. The film will be followed by a conversation about engineering prosthetics, masculinity, and the power and limitations of non-normative bodies between historian of technology David Serlin and assistive technology expert Anita Perr.

Event Speakers:

  • David Serlin is a professor of Communication and Science Studies, and affiliated faculty in Critical Gender Studies, at the University of California, San Diego. 
  • Anita Perr is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at New York University.

Event Information:

Ticket are available for purchase at the event webpage and include same-day admission to the Museum.