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Common Reading Experience Presentation: The Science Behind the Beginning of the Nuclear Age

2009-10-20 11:22:37

Book Cover for Copenhagen
Cleveland State University continues its Common Reading Experience on Tuesday, October 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Library's first floor. Petur Fodor, Professor, Physics Department, as part of the Speaker Series will make a special presentation titled "The Science behind the Beginning of the Nuclear Age" based on the book chosen for this year's program - Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, which all first year CSU students will read as part of their orientation to University life.

Copenhagen, selected by a committee representing faculty, staff, students, and the Library is a Tony Award-winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art. It is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb.

Michael Frayn shows us that these men were passionate, philosophical, and all too human, even though one of the three historical figures in his drama, Werner Heisenberg, was the head of the Nazis' effort to develop a nuclear weapon. The play's other two characters, the Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, are involved with Heisenberg in an after-death analysis of an actual meeting that has long puzzled historians.

All CSU faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend all Common Reading Experience Events.

Brown Bag Speaker Series Presentations:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Michael Schwartz Library
1st floor, east
Professor Petur Fodor,
Physics Department
Presenting: "The Science behind the Beginning of the Nuclear Age"

Thursday, November 5, 2009
12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Michael Schwartz Library, first floor east
Prof. Evan Lieberman, Communications Department
Presenting "Atomic Anxieties: The Monster Explosion in Post-Nuclear Films"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.,
Michael Schwartz Library, first floor east
Prof. Robert Wheeler, History Department
Presenting "Making History"

Thursday, November 19, 2009
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.,
Theater Arts Building, Main Theater
Prof. Michael Mauldin, Theater Department
Presenting "Copenhagen Alive: How directors, designers and actors carry a play from the page to the stage"

For more information, visit the Common Learning Experience website or contact Paula Bloch, Coordinator, Freshman Orientation, at 687-3734 or p.bloch@csuohio.edu

Posted 2009-10-20 11:22:37 by Barbara_Loomis.

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