Oppenheimer From Biography to Blockbuster: Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas in Conversation with Kai Bird

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

6:30 pm

C200: Proshansky Auditorium

Open to the Public

Headshots of Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, and Kai Bird
Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required

In-person reservations for this event are currently full.


Oppenheimer filmmakers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas join in a discussion with Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer, about the challenges of turning complicated history into film. A highly acclaimed box-office smash, Oppenheimer is based on a historical biography, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. The filmmakers and the author reveal the creative process of bringing Oppenheimer from the page to the screen. Nolan and Thomas’ films, including Tenet, Dunkirk, Interstellar, Inception, and The Dark Knighttrilogy, have been worldwide hits, garnering 11 Oscars and 36 nominations. Bird, who is director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center, has written many acclaimed books, including Hiroshima’s Shadow and The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter.

Presented with the Leon Levy Center for Biography.

A video of this event will be posted a few days later on our YouTube Channel.

Please contact Jimmy Cok at jcok@gc.cuny.edu in advance for CART services or any additional accessibility requests or concerns for in-person events.​ This event will be livestreamed, and closed captions will be provided.