Play Reading: "Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight"

Image of Emilie
Image courtesy of WAM Theatre.

In the spring, there will be a month-long series of events centered on career choices and work-life balance, including a story-time event featuring faculty members reflecting for a student audience on professional risks taken, failures, and the costs of choices made and not made.  The first event in this series is a staged reading of the play “Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight” at the ’62 Center, and will conclude with a career panel and break-out sessions with alums on the value to them of their liberal arts education.
on Tuesday Feb 10 at 7:30 PM.

Emilie was Voltaire’s lover and scientific partner.  She translated Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica into French.  Hers is considered the definitive edition.  She also contributed to the development of the idea of kinetic energy.  Her path was, needless to say, unusual for a woman in the 18th century.  In the play, Emilie examines her life, her decisions, and the effects of those decisions on herself and those close to her.

After the reading there will be a short panel discussion/talk-back with one of the actresses and one student plus one faculty member.  Prof. Andrea Danyluk from Computer Science will moderate and ask the panelists to consider decision points in Emilie’s life and reflect on the ways in which Emilie’s choices resonate with us as we examine the costs of our life choices.