Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Wed, Jun 21, 2023 7:00 PM


Science on Screen ®

Film / Lecture / Q&A

Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm


with Scientist Susan Pepper, Brookhaven National Laboratory

featuring a screening of the Stanley Kubrick classic

Starring Peter Sellers & George C. Scott

Members $10 / Public $15


Join scientist Susan Pepper from Brookhaven National Laboratory for an entertaining and exciting evening exploring Stanley Kubrick’s classic comedy as well as the timely issues it raises. At a moment when the US and Russia are once again engaging in nuclear brinksmanship, the number of nations with nuclear weapons is growing, and arms control treaties are becoming an endangered species, Kubrick’s brilliant. hilarious political satire remains as relevant as when it first premiered in 1964.


With the Soviet Union and U.S. on the verge of nuclear war, it only takes one loony general (Sterling Hayden), a Pentagon war room populated by maniacs (including an unhinged George C. Scott, with Peter Sellers playing the president, an RAF officer, and a Nazi scientist), and a patriotic B-52 bomber pilot carrying an atomic payload (the iconic Slim Pickens) to begin our mutual destruction. Crisply directed by Kubrick with the relentless pace of a thriller, Dr. Strangelove is not just a great black comedy, but one of the greatest films of all time. (USA, 1964, 95 min., b/w, DCP)


Susan Pepper is the Chair of the Nonproliferation & National Security Department (NNS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. NNS carries out research and development of radiation detectors, provides technical support and training to international organizations and other countries, builds prototype detection systems, and provides expert radiological assistance to further U.S. government initiatives and policies in nuclear materials safeguards and security, arms control treaty verification, and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Pepper has worked at BNL for almost 40 years, having started as an intern and joining the staff as a staff engineer in the Department of Nuclear Energy.  She joined the International Safeguards Project Office (ISPO) at BNL in 1993 and soon after, took an assignment in Vienna, Austria, as the ISPO Liaison Officer to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Department of Safeguards. When she returned to Brookhaven, she became the head of ISPO, a position she held for more than a decade. In this capacity, Pepper worked extensively with the IAEA to provide its Department of Safeguards with the tools it needs to track nuclear material effectively and efficiently under the terms of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. She created an internship program in the IAEA Department of Safeguards to recruit students and recent graduates for temporary positions where they could work side by side with more senior staff and gain valuable experience.  Her work in recent years has been primarily focused on the management of the department and increasing awareness of career opportunities in the field of international safeguards and helping to build the next generation of safeguards experts.


About Science on Screen

Brookhaven National Laboratory has partnered up with the Huntington Cinema Arts Centre for its 2023 Science on Screen program.

Science on Screen gives experts in science, technology, and medical fields an opportunity to present classic, cult, or documentary movies that serve as a jumping off point to discuss their research, and is made possible by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Dr. Strangelove Still
Poster from Dr. Strangelove

Headshot of Susan Pepper