Carl Djerassi, "Science-in-Theatre on the Page and on the Stage"
Thursday, February 2, 2012 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Carl Djerassi, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Stanford University, is a scientist, fiction writer, playwright, and cultural critic. One of the inventors of the oral contraceptive, he has
ruminated on the sociocultural effects of that discovery in such works as The Politics of Contraception and This Man's Pill: Reflections on the 50th Birthday of the Pill. A literary
innovator in fields he calls "science-in-fiction" and "science-in-theater," he is the author of more than a dozen creative works in those genres. Among other awards, he holds the National Medal of
Science; the Priestley Medal; the National Medal of Technology (for his development of environmentally safe insecticides); and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art. In addition to
commentary on the relations of science and art, his lecture will feature a dramatically staged excerpt from his recent play Phallacy.