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Olivet College to host "MANYA - A Visit With Marie Curie"
Nov 03, 2011

To mark the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s second Nobel Prize, Olivet College’s Betsy Dole Women’s Resource Center (BDWRC) and Sigma Zeta, the national honor society for math, computer science and natural science majors, will host “MANYA—A Visit with Marie Curie,” Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Curie will be portrayed by professional storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak. For more than two decades Frontczak has brought literature to life, creating stories from thin air and honing personal experiences into tales worth telling again and again. She has presented as Curie across 24 of the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Curie is best known for the discovery of radium and radioactivity. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate in the sciences in Europe, the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, the first person to receive a second Nobel Prize, and the first woman to teach at the University of Paris (the Sorbonne) in its 600-year history. Meanwhile she raised her two daughters solo after the tragic death of her husband.

In dramatizing the life of Curie, Frontczak pays homage to their shared Polish heritage. Frontczak, like Curie, enjoyed school, and promotes awareness that academics can be a path to outstanding achievement. Curie’s perseverance in purifying a grain of radium from a ton of pitchblende, in part, inspired Frontczak to major in engineering, where she worked for 14 years before pursuing full-time storytelling. Frontczak has always viewed both science and art as valid outlets for creativity. It is her aim to reveal the human behind the scientist, while placing Curie’s life and accomplishments in a memorable historical context.

The development of this program was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, contact Dianne Thomas, BDWRC director, at (269) 749-6638.


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