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Free Screening: “A Sense of Wonder” with writer/actress Kaiulani Lee

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Aug. 29, 2013 | Thursday, 7:00pm
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Movie at 7pm, followed by Q&A with Kaiulani Lee
Location: Nature Research Center - SECU Daily Planet Theater

A Sense of Wonder movie posterWhen pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published “Silent Spring” in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. Despite her love of privacy, Carson’s convictions about the risks posed by chemical pesticides forced her into a very public and controversial role. Using many of Carson’s own words, writer and actress Kaiulani Lee embodies this extraordinary woman in the documentary-style film “A Sense of Wonder,” showing at the Museum on Thursday, August 29 at 7pm in the Daily Planet Theater. Following the film, Lee will answer audience questions in character as Carson.

The movie depicts Carson in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both humor and anger the attacks by the chemical industry, the government and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people. Shot in HD by Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, the 55-minute film is an intimate and poignant reflection of Carson’s life as she emerges as America’s most successful advocate for the natural world. For more information, visit

Kaiulani LeeLee has more than 35 years of experience in theater, film and television. She has starred in more than a dozen plays on and off Broadway – she has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the OBIE Award for outstanding achievement off Broadway. Lee has guest-starred in numerous television series including “Law & Order,” “The Equalizer,” “Tales from the Darkside” and “The Waltons.” Her film credits include “The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” “The World According to Garp,” “The Fan” and “Cujo.” She also starred as Martha Ballard in the critically acclaimed PBS film “A Midwife’s Tale.”

This is the final event of the Museum’s “Science from a Personal Perspective” series, which was funded by the NC Humanities Council and designed to highlight the convergence of science and humanities and to foster the desire for lifelong learning.