to host award-winning play Oct. 17
University will host “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math
Maze” at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Memorial Auditorium. The play is free and open to
the public but reservations are requested.
performed by Gioia De Cari, the award-winning play is a response to former
Harvard president Lawrence Summers’ suggestion that women are less represented
than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences.
is sponsored by STEM-UP PA, the National Science Foundation and the
university’s Women’s Center, Office of Social Equity and Department of Mathematics. STEM-UP PA
is a program that does research to address gender equity among science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty at higher education teaching institutions in Central Pennsylvania. The goal is to support the
recruitment, retention and advancement goals of women in academic STEM fields in the
According to Dr. Kate
McGivney, professor of mathematics and the principal investigator for STEM-UP,
“The play “has been recognized as a conversation stimulus about gender equity
for women, especially regarding the underrepresentation of women in STEM
fields. The number
of women pursuing degrees in science and mathematics still lags far behind the
number of men in these disciplines. This is an important event for Shippensburg
University and the Central Pennsylvania region in that, in addition to being an
entertaining event, “Truth Values” provides a platform to discuss important
gender equity issue and the sometimes illogical and unfair actions that drive
students out of the STEM fields.”
De Cari is an actress, playwright and classical singer who began
her performance career in experimental opera while a teaching fellow in
mathematical logic at Harvard, according to a website for the play. She has
appeared in numerous lead acting roles in theater, commercials and films.
“Truth Values,” her second solo play, is an autobiographical story of her past
life as a mathematician. She graduated summa cum laude from the University
of California at Berkeley and earned a master of science degree from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an accomplished singer who
has toured throughout the United States.
reservations, visit stemuppa.eventbrite.com.