Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie at BMS
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Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie - Digital Theater at PCCM
Acclaimed scholarly digital presentation and STEM panel discussion hosted by the Princeton Center for Complex Materials — this event will be held virtually
UPDATE: Our event is at capacity for tonight! There may be space - email [email protected] no later than 6pm EST.

"Everything a science film should be." ~ Dr. Lisa Randall, Harvard Physicist & Author

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.

What if Marie Curie could tell her story?

On Thursday, November 17th at 7:00PM - 8:30PM EST PCCM will host a digital theater presentation of HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE (45 mins). The screening will be held virtually.

Update: The In-person event is now virtual only! 

Masterfully portrayed by science scholar & performer Susan Marie Frontczak, this engaging digital performance is followed by a Q & A panel discussion hosted by Daniel Steinberg, PCCM Director of Education & Outreach, Scholar/Performer & Engineer Susan Marie Frontczak, and STEM on Stage Co-Founder & Filmmaker Jen Myronuk

Recommended for adults & students ages 9 & older. 

An RSVP is required for all attending. Only one virtual stream is needed per viewing location.

Digital Theater Video Preview
​Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) - 70 Prospect Ave., Bowen Hall, Room 222, Princeton, NJ
Date & Time
Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
About Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie 
As digital theater, HUMANITY NEEDS DREAMERS: A VISIT WITH MARIE CURIE 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 and husband Pierre Curie. She was the first European woman to earn a doctorate in the sciences; the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize (for the discovery of radioactivity), the first woman to teach at the Sorbonne, and the first person to receive a second Nobel Prize (a feat not to be repeated for another 50 years).

Masterfully portrayed by living history scholar and former engineer Storysmith® Susan Marie Frontczak, the presentation is the cinematic version of her acclaimed one-woman show. This unique format breaks the digital fourth wall between live theater and film, scholar and performer, past and present.

Produced by STEM on Stage, Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie is part of an NSF-funded educational program in collaboration with Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), NSF MRSEC DMR-2011750.

For more information, contact
Jen Myronuk, Producer, STEM on Stage, [email protected]

Through, she’s created and performed seven different Living History programs across 42 of the United States and abroad, she plays in theaters, corporations, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally — including performing Manya: The Living History of Marie Curie and A Visit with Marie Curie over 450 times to over 60,000 people in 38 states and nine countries.

In dramatizing the life of Marie Skłodowska Curie, Susan Marie pays homage to their shared Polish heritage. Marie Curie’s perseverance in purifying a tenth of a gram of radium from a ton of pitchblende, in part, inspired Susan Marie to major in Engineering. She earned a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and worked for fourteen years at Hewlett-Packard Company before pursuing full time writing and performing.

Susan Marie has always viewed both science and art as complimentary outlets for creativity. It is her aim to reveal the human behind the scientist, while placing Dr. Marie Curie’s life and accomplishments in a memorable historical context.

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