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Documentary film “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” at Williamsport CAC

Documentary film “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” at Williamsport CAC

Charlie Shrem being photographed for a Businessweek article at his office in NYC in a scene from the documentary The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin by filmmaker Nicholas Mross.

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The Lycoming College Scholars Program proudly presents a screening of the documentary, “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin,” a film about the impending global impact of Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency. The film begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public.

The documentary tells the story of a computer programmer whose fascination with Bitcoin leads him to become actively involved in all things Bitcoin. Viewers will follow the stories of individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses that are shaping the rapidly growing world of Bitcoin, and explore the competitive mining market and various subcultures within the Bitcoin community, as well as the social and political impact of the cryptocurrency.

Sponsored by the College’s signature Lycoming Scholars Program, the screening is intended to help program participants further explore the fall 2019 theme of the program, “Money.” The event provides an opportunity for students to delve more deeply into the topic and incorporate social, historical, scientific, cultural, and economic outlooks on the role of money in our lives.

“This fall’s topic is timely and very important as we are on the cusp of a real revolution in the nature of money with the rise of cryptocurrency,” said Ryan Adams, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology and chair of the anthropology-sociology department at Lycoming College. “The film, along with invited speakers, will provide our students with the opportunity to engage and question the latest academic understanding of where money came from and where it is going.”

The Lycoming Scholars Program is designed to meet the needs and aspirations of the College’s strongest students. Semester-long, interdisciplinary seminars allow for in-depth analyses on topics chosen by the faculty and students on the Scholars Council. Students in the program enroll in more challenging courses, and during the senior year complete independent study projects culminating in a presentation to their peers.