STEM on Stage: Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2021

Date
Oct 12, 2021, 7:00 pm7:00 pm
Audience
Open to the Public
Event Description

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2021! 

Explore the power of being interdisciplinary with a digital theater presentation of HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT plus a recorded Q & A with Marie Curie as portrayed by engineer and living history scholar Susan Marie Frontczak & recorded presentation by Nikita Dutta, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University on the significance of Marie Curie's use of interdisciplinary research as applied to materials science today. Hosted by Princeton Center for Complex Materials and Daniel Steinberg, Director of Education Outreach. 

RSVP HEREhttps://ada2021curie.eventbrite.com

Use code: ADA2021 for complimentary guest tickets! 

HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE is produced by STEM on Stage, a digital humanities lab promoting the history of science through the performing arts.

As digital theater, this performance is especially recommended for small groups and individuals who wish to virtually screen together with family, friends & colleagues!

This performance is recommended for adults, families and students ages 9 & older.

RSVP HEREhttps://ada2021curie.eventbrite.com (free with code: ADA2021)

Ada Lovelace Day attendees and guests of Princeton and PCCM please use guest code "ADA2021" for complimentary tickets. 

All proceeds benefit STEM on Stage and its educational programming.

EVENT SCHEDULE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021

7:30PM (EST) : WELCOME & DIGITAL THEATER PRESENTATION

On the 100th Anniversary of Marie Curie's Visit to the U.S. (digital short)

DIGITAL THEATER SCREENING:

HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE (40 mins)

Q & A with MARIE CURIE, as portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak, Scholar & Performer, Storysmith©

SCIENCE TALK: From Atoms to Applications: The Power of Interdisciplinary Scientific Research presented by Nikita Dutta, PhD., Princeton University & past PCCM Education and Outreach Fellow. (pre-recorded).

AUDIENCE Q & A

STEM on Stage is a digital humanities lab in collaboration with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials STEM outreach programs.

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ABOUT HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE

"Everything a science film should be." - Lisa Randall, Harvard University

As one of the world’s most renowned scientists, two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Skłodowska Curie is best known for pioneering the field of radioactivity — including early experiments to treat cancer with radium therapy — but few understand the obstacles she faced just to enter the laboratory.

What if she could tell her story?

As a digital theater performance, HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE (45 mins) invites audiences to meet Marie Curie as she recollects her quest to isolate two elements — polonium and radium. From her childhood in Poland to groundbreaking research in France, Marie Curie shares the struggles, failures and triumphs behind her scientific discoveries and remarkable collaboration with companion scientist & husband Pierre Curie.

Masterfully portrayed by living history scholar & playwright Storysmith® Susan Marie Frontczak, HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS is the cinematic version of her acclaimed one-woman show. This unique format breaks the digital fourth wall between live theater and film, scholar and performer, past and present.

Testimonials:

“A must see film of one of the truly great heroes of science.” - Roxanne Truhn, Director, Michigan Science Festival

“I came away with a newfound appreciation for Curie's significant accomplishments. I’d consider this required viewing for any student — of science, of history, of humanity itself.” - Maia Weinstock, Science Writer & Creator of LEGO Women of NASA

“Susan Marie Frontczak’s portrait captures Curie’s courage, curiosity, fragility, edge, and passion, and her storytelling transports the audience into the world of her laboratory and life. This film is a rare find.” - Holly Walter Kerby, Executive Director, Fusion Science Theater

About Susan Marie Frontczak, Scholar, Performer & Playwright

Susan Marie Frontczak is a Colorado-based scholar, playwright & performer. Through storysmith.org(link is external), she has created and performed Living History portrayals of six historical women across 42 of the United States and abroad. She presents at theaters, conferences, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally — including performing Manya: The Living History of Marie Curie and A Visit with Marie Curie over 450 times to 60,000 people in 34 states and nine countries.

In dramatizing the life of Marie Skłodowska Curie, Susan Marie pays homage to their shared Polish heritage. Marie Curie’s perseverance in purifying a tenth of a gram of radium from a ton of pitchblende, in part, inspired Susan Marie to major in Engineering. She earned a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and worked for fourteen years at Hewlett-Packard Company before pursuing full time writing and performing.

Susan Marie has always viewed both science and art as complimentary outlets for creativity. It is her aim to reveal the human behind the scientist, while placing Dr. Marie Curie’s life and accomplishments in a memorable historical context. storysmith.org

For more information, contact

Jen Myronuk, Producer & Director,

STEM on Stage

Email: jen@stemonstage.org