March 21: Screening of Documentary 'Codebreaker'

Event Details

Date: March 20, 2014

Times: 7 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall, Humanities Center, Augustana College

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Augustana Mellon Committee, the Union Board of Governors, PFLAG and the Computer Science and Education departments, the documentary "Codebreaker" will be shown at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 21, in Kresge Recital Hall. The film is free and open to the public. A question and answer session led by the executive director of the film, Patrick Sammon, will follow the screening.

From the executive producer: 
"Codebreaker" tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the tide of the Second World War.  

Instead of receiving accolades, Turing faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old.

Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes in "Codebreaker" to offer a three-dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end, and his lasting legacy.

Steve VanBockern
Augustana Education Department