CARL DJERASSI – March 28-29, 2011
MONDAY, MARCH 28th
at 6191 Helen C. White Hall
Carl Djerassi reading from “FOUR JEWS ON PARNASSUS”
Carl Djerassi, award winning chemist, novelist, playwright, art collector, and ’45 UW-Madison Ph.D. graduate as well as ’95 honorary degree recipient, is on campus March 28-29, 2011.
At this event, Dr. Djerassi reads from his book, Four Jews on Parnassus – “a dramatized conversation’ among ‘four extraordinary intellectuals of the twentieth century,’ philosopher Walter Benjamin, intellectuals Theodor W. Adorno and Gershom Scholem, and composer Arnold Schönberg.”
TUESDAY, MARCH 29th
at Town Center in Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Staged reading of work by Carl Djerassi
The Department of Theatre & Drama presents Foreplay by Carl Djerassi. A staged reading directed by Patrick Sims and featuring MFA acting students. Meet the playwright after the performance.
Carl Djerassi remarks and book signing
Copies of Dr. Djerassi’s books will be available for purchase from University of Wisconsin Press at the event.
“At once outrageous and beguiling, Foreplay boldly extrapolates from the known facts of its four real protagonists’ lives to create a spirited drama of entangled emotional intrigue and mordant wit. Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and Tom Stoppard’s Travesties have found a worthy successor.”—Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley
Carl Djerassi was born in Vienna and immigrated to the United States in 1938. He is the author of many literary works that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Four Jews on Parnassus, Cantor’s Dilemma, The Bourbaki Gambit, This Man’s Pill, and the plays An Immaculate Misconception, Sex in an Age of Technological Reproduction: ICSI and Taboos, Ego, Calculus, Phallacy, and Oxygen (coauthored with Roald Hoffmann). He is emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford University and recipient of the Serono Prize in Literature and many prestigious honors for his scientific achievements. He lives in San Francisco, London, and Vienna.
Sponsored by Department of Theatre & Drama, Program in Creative Writing, Department of English, Department of Chemistry, Arts Institute, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, University of Wisconsin Press, UW Foundation.
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