The University of Mary Washington's 2012 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 5, with a lecture on Marie and Pierre Curie by Lauren Redniss, author of Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout.
Lauren Redniss is a graphic biographer whose writing and drawing have appeared in the New York Times, which nominated her for the Pulitzer Prize. Her idea for a life of the Curies occurred to her because, she told the online magazine, Intelligent Life, “I had been thinking about love stories….What struck me as an interesting challenge was that the two main themes were love and radioactivity. And both of those things, of course, are invisible. I loved the idea that I could try to make a visual book out of invisible things.” Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout was a finalist for the National Book Award. Redniss teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.
All lectures in the university's Great Lives series are free and open to the public.
For more about the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie check out these resources from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Martin Sherwin, co-author of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer will give a talk on the scientist.