Free screenings of Marie Curie film followed by Q&A on Apr. 24 & 25

April 23, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Center for Nanoscale Science and STEM on Stage invite the public to a free screening of “Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie."

There will be two showings on Wednesday, April 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and again on Thursday, April 25 from 10:00 am to noon, both in the Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus. The 40-minute screening will be followed by a discussion and question-and-answer session with filmmaker Jen Myronuk. 

The event is free, but RSVP is requested.

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.

“Humanity Needs Dreamers” 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 and Storysmith Susan Marie Frontczak, the film is the cinematic version of the acclaimed one-woman theatrical show. As an immersive living history film, this unique format breaks the digital fourth wall between live theater and cinema.

The Center for Nanoscale Science is a Penn State Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) supported by the National Science Foundation.

Last Updated April 23, 2019