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Dramatic reading by stage, film, and television actress Frances Sternhagen '51 will be presented by Darwin Days at Vassar on March 1, 2010.

Noted actress and Vassar alumna Frances Sternhagen '51 will return to the stage of the Martel Theater on Monday, March 1, at 7:00pm, to breathe life into a depiction of Vassar's first professor, astronomer Maria Mitchell (1818-1889). The work, "Maria Mitchell: Self Portrait," written by Sternhagen's classmate Barbara Gibbins Duffy '51, will celebrate the life and achievements of Mitchell, a groundbreaking scientist whose academic and professional home was found at Vassar College.

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Dramatic readings and presentations by award-winning writers and actors highlight the annual celebration of Darwin Days, February 12 - April 22, 2010

Darwin Days 2010, the annual celebration at Vassar highlighting the connection between science and the humanities, will focus on women in science this year. There will be three solo dramatic readings this spring, in addition to a series of events on Darwin's birthday, February 12. The readings will include Blue Lias: or the Fish Lizard's Whore, written and performed by Claudia Stevens '69 (February12); Maria Mitchell: Self Portrait, celebrating the life and achievements of Vassar's first professor, by Barbara Gibbins Duffy '51, performed by Frances Sternhagen (March 1); and on Earth Day (April 22) A Sense of Wonder, about the life and work of Rachel Carson, written and performed by Kaiulani Lee.

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