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Manya: A Living History of Marie Curie

The Polish Heritage Club Wisconsin-Madison is offering a great opportunity for families to learn about Marie Curie’s story through live performance: come see Storysmith Susan Marie Frontczak in Manya, her one-woman show about the life of Marie Curie.  You can find all the necessary details on the poster above (click to enlarge, or click here for a downloadable PDF version).

However, I do have two things to point out:
1. $4 suggested donation–that’s definitely a deal you can’t beat!
and 2. The performances are on October 14, the day before Lauren Redniss comes to speak at Union South.  What a fantastic way to get ready for her discussion of Radioactive and Marie Curie!

Brooke Williams, GBR grad student

Rebecca Skloot at UW October 25th – Monday!

Monday night at the Kohl Center, we’ll be hosting Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event starts promptly at 7 p.m. with welcoming remarks from Chancellor Martin, followed by Rebecca Skloot’s talk. Questions for Rebecca Skloot will be selected in advance from the pool submitted via the blog.

All are welcome and no tickets are required. We hope to welcome many students, staff, faculty and instructors, and community members. Sign-language interpreters and live captioning have been arranged.

We’re looking forward to this long-awaited event!

Sarah McDaniel
Go Big Read

Diversity Forum to Feature Go Big Read Panel

The 2010 Campus Diversity Forum, “Cultivating Excellence: Nurturing the Seeds of Success” will take place Thursday, September 30, from 8 am-4 pm at the Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public. Registration for the lunch keynote is now closed, but you can still register for other events.

The Forum will include a Go Big Read Panel Discussion on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from 1:15-2:30 in the Class of ’24 Reception Room, 4th Floor, Memorial Union. Professor Dayle B. DeLancey, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics and Professor Susan E. Lederer, Chair, Department of Medical History and Bioethics will lead the session.

Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks shows readers how one woman’s experience with medicine has exposed issues of race and culture and highlighted ethical and legal dilemmas. In this joint presentation, two historians of medicine explore these overlapping issues and dilemmas. Professor Sue Lederer reconstructs the racial and cultural background of Henrietta Lacks’ case, while Assistant Professor Dayle B. DeLancey examines the case in ethical and legal context. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the 2009-10 selection for Go Big Read (, UW-Madison’s common reading program.

Participants who have not yet read the book but are interested in joining the conversation are very welcome, as are those who are more familiar with the material.

Hope you can join us!

Sarah McDaniel
Go Big Read & UW Libraries

History of Science / Medical History and Bioethics Colloquium Series Begins Tuesday

In association with this year’s “Go Big Read” book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the History of Science / Medical History and Bioethics Colloquium Series will examine diverse perspectives on the nature and implications of appropriations in science.

The series, APPROPRIATIONS: COLLECTING FOR SCIENCE, will open September 28 with a colloquium led by Ruth Richardson (University of Hong Kong, University of Cambridge), “Human Bodies and Their Parts: Appropriations and Donations from Bodysnatching to Transplants.”
Because of President Obama’s visit to campus Tuesday, Ruth Richardson’s colloquium has been rescheduled and relocated to 12:30-2:00 PM in 204 Bradley Memorial (light refreshments available afterwards).
For more information on the series and a full listing of the colloquia, visit the “Events” section of the History of Science: History of Science, Medicine and Technology Web site.
Sarah McDaniel, Go Big Read

Rebecca Skloot at UW October 25th

We hope everyone can join us for Rebecca Skloot’s October 25th lecture at the Kohl Center. The event is free and open to all. The event will begin at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm) and no tickets are required.

If you’d like to suggest a question for Skloot, you can post one here until October 18th. Because of the large scale of the event, the question-and-answer session will be moderated and questions will be selected in advance.

Event posters are being posted on campus and in the community. If you would like a poster to display in your department, dorm, or business, please email (while supplies last!)

Sarah McDaniel
Go Big Read & UW Libraries