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First-Time Attendee Orientation
Sunday, March 4
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join APS staff and leadership to learn how to easily navigate the March Meeting. You'll get a crash course on how to use the meeting program to locate sessions you want to see, find out how to use the mobile app to access the meeting program and schedule your events, and find out about interesting and fun events happening throughout the week. You'll also learn about the services APS provides at meetings and about APS programs. Refreshments will be served.
A Staged Reading of the Play: Silent Sky
Wednesday, March 7
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Silent Sky is based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt as she experiences a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she is not allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.
The playwright Lauren Gunderson is from Atlanta. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing at Emory University, and her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch. She was named the most produced playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2017 and was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild.
International City Theatre, Long Beach, California
Some of the play actors as well as a historian-scientist will be available for a talkback discussion after the play reading.