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STE-A-M (the Arts in STEM) Events

November 6, 2021

DePauw Theatre, in conjunction with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the DePauw Women’s Center, is hosting a series of events from November 11th through the 21st that celebrate women in science --and the integration of the Arts in Science, technology, engineering, and Math (or STEM). Most of these events are free of charge, and all are open to the public.

These events will culminate in DePauw Theatre’s performances of Silent Sky, an award-winning play about the real-life women astronomers at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, who, despite legal and societal restrictions, made profound discoveries that forever changed the field of astronomy.
As part of the STE-A-M events, McKim Observatory in Greencastle will be open to the public from Thursday, November 18 through Saturday, November 20th, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

STE-A-M events will commence on Thursday, November 11th with a talk by Dr. Mary Kertzman, astrophysicist and professor of Physics and Astronomy entitled “The Women, the Stars, and the Science of Silent Sky” at the Music on the Square building, across from the Courthouse, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., followed by a presentation at the historic McKim observatory at 7:30 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

The cast of Silent.Sky and Professor Mary Kertzman
On Monday, November 15th, Dr. Kertzman will host a screening of the award-winning film Hidden Figures at 7 p.m. in Watson Forum, The Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, DePauw. This event also is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, November 17th – DePauw Theatre and the Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a noon time celebration of “The Arts + STEM = STE-A-M” that will feature exhibits that integrate science and art, including music, poetry readings by Professor Alex Komives, and exhibits of geoscience and astrophotography.  Participants also may explore a “pop-up planetarium” in the Great Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.  11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Green Center for the Performing Arts.  -Free and open to the public.

Beginning on Thursday, November 18th and running through Sunday, November 21st, DePauw Theatre will present the Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson, in Moore Theatre of the Green Center for the Performing Arts. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 21st, Admission is $5 for students, and $10 for adults. 

Come meet those fierce and funny women who charted the stars!