Double Indemnity

Monday, January 8
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1hr 37mins // directed by:Billy Wilder // featuring:Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson // 35mm

Insurance may not seem like an action-packed field, but countless big-screen murders have been committed in the hopes of big insurance payoffs. Prior to the screening, BU actuarial scientists Lois K. Horwitz and Hal Tepfer will talk about the math and science actuaries use in forecasting theory to evaluate the likelihood of unfortunate events occurring.

Raymond Chandler's first foray into screenwriting earned him one of the seven Oscar nods for Billy Wilder's 1944 film noir mother lode, featuring genre-defining performances from Fred MacMurray as a hard-jawed insurance salesman and Barbara Stanwyck as the platinum blonde femme-fatale in this sly and scheming adaption of the detective novel by James M. Cain.


About Lois K. Horwitz

Lois K. Horwitz, FSA, MAAA  is Associate Professor of the Practice and Chair of Actuarial Science Department at Boston University, Metropolitan College.  Professor Horwitz’s extensive experience in actuarial science includes over twenty-five years in life insurance product development, product management, and financial reporting for John Hancock Financial Services and New England Financial Services/MET Life. She has served as a mentor to graduate students from several universities; she is also a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


About Hal Tepfer

Hal Tepfer is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary, and a member of several other actuarial organizations. He is currently one of nine actuaries in the United States serving on the Internal Revenue Services’ Joint Board of Enrolled Actuaries’ Advisory Committee. He provides actuarial and consulting services for union pension and medical plans. Hal has spoken on a variety of actuarial topics at meetings of professional organization and company sponsored seminars and has written on benefit topics in a variety of publications. He has a reputation for making complex actuarial topics easy to understand. Hal has been teaching actuarial topics to graduate students in Boston University’s Actuarial Science department for over 20 years and is a recipient of the “Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching”.