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All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic 

When: Fri., Nov. 3 2017
Director John Maher’s documentary, All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic, profiles Leo Hendrik Baekeland, the “father of modern plastics.” In 1907, the Belgian-born American chemist created Bakelite, the first wholly synthetic plastic. The movie explores his life with the use of historical re-enactments, rare archival footage, photos, first-person accounts, interviews with scientists, historians, and artists, and musical performances. Tonight at 6 at CWRU’s Strosacker Auditorium, Case Western Reserve University Professor Hatsuo “Ken” Ishida hosts a free screening of the film. Maher and Executive Producer Hugh Karraker, Baekeland’s great-grandson, will participate in a Q&A following the film. (Niesel)


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