Performances are followed by conversations with artists and scientists from MIT and Harvard. Notable speakers have included Nancy Hopkins, the Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology, whose role a decade ago in a study of women faculty in the school of science led to widespread national coverage of MIT's Gender Equity Project. Hopkins and Michael Sipser, head of the math department, compared data on the recruitment and retention of women students and faculty in recent years. Alumni from theoretical physics, humanities and architecture, among others, weighed in with their own experiences and perspectives.
Ken Haggerty '11 wondered whether he could relate, not being a girl or a mathematician, but "found myself literally connecting events in my life to events portrayed in the play, and at the show's end, I felt that 'connection', the 'redeeming value,' which you are supposed to feel after seeing a truly wonderful show."
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