Marie Curie Nobel Centennial Symposium

An Intersection of Science, Art and Thought


“Chemistry’s Essential Tensions:

Three Views of a Science”

Prof. Roald Hoffmann

Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Cornell University


Monday, November 14, 2011, 4:15 - 9 p.m.

Baruch College, Engelman Recital Hall

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: CUNY, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, NYC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Science & the Arts, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College, The Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union and American Chemical Society, Brooklyn Subsection, Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D, The Provost’s Office for Undergraduate Research at Baruch College.

Organized by: Profs. Edyta Greer & David Gruber, Baruch College, Natural Sciences


Directions: Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave @ 25th St. (between Lexington & 3rd), Nearest subway, #6 to 23rd St.

In honor of Marie Curie’s 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium

& to celebrate women, diversity and creative thought in the sciences.

Registration and Refreshments

Introductory Remarks: Gillian Small, Ph.D, Vice Chancellor for Research, CUNY

Keynote Lecture (Prof. Roald Hoffmann)

In this illustrated lecture, several views of chemistry will be presented, stressing its psychological dimension and its ties to the arts.

Student Poster Session and Reception (Highlighting student research at CUNY and other NYC institutions in chemistry, biology and environmental science)

Stage Reading: “OXYGEN” by Break A Leg Productions 

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 - 5:05 p.m.

5:05 - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Written by: Carl Djerassi (Stanford University) and Roald Hoffmann

Synopsis: The Nobel Foundation, in honor of the centenary of the prize, decides to award a "retro-Nobel" for the discovery of oxygen --but should it go to Antoine Lavoisier, Joseph Priestly or Carl Wilhelm Scheele? The action alternates between 1777 and 2001, the tensions and ambiguities of the 18th century mirrored in the 21st.