Stars of Materials Science Lecture Series

Humanity Needs Dreamers: A visit with Marie Curie

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?

Masterfully portrayed by science scholar & performer Susan Marie Frontczak, this engaging digital performance is followed by a Q & A panel discussion hosted by Daniel Steinberg, PCCM Director of Education & Outreach, Scholar/Performer & Engineer Susan Marie Frontczak, and STEM on Stage Co-Founder & Producer Jen Myronuk. Recommended for adults and students (ages 9 & older).

On Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm (ET), PCCM will host a digital theater presentation of Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie (45 mins) followed by a panel discussion.

Update: The event will be held online as a virtual event (RSVP is required to participate). 

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RSVP is required for all attending in-person following Covid Safety protocols. This free event is for Princeton University members, PCCM community members & invited guests. NOTE: Please plan to arrive promptly by 7:00pm for in-person event. Virtual streaming of program will start at 7:10pm. 

As digital theater, audiences will 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 and husband Pierre Curie. She was the first European woman to earn a doctorate in the sciences; the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize (for the discovery of radioactivity), the first woman to teach at the Sorbonne, and the first person to receive a second Nobel Prize (a feat not to be repeated for another 50 years). This unique format breaks the digital fourth wall between live theater and film, scholar and performer, past and present.