Gioia de Cari Brings Her Award-Winning Show on STEM and Gender, Truth Values, to Miller Theatre

Gioia de Cari brings her award-winning play to Miller Theater on March 23.
—Photo courtesy of Unexpected Theatre

As society grapples with issues of gender and sex discrimination, engineers too are considering how a profession that strives for pure meritocracy isn’t quite there yet. That’s the premise of the award-winning play Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, which comes to campus for a special performance on March 23. In partnership with CUNY and MIT, Columbia Engineering will host the event, to be followed by a conversation with leading women in STEM.

Called “hilarious” by Wired, the one-woman show follows “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari’s adventures as a PhD student at MIT, exploring the world of cutting-edge mathematics and the challenges faced by many women in STEM.

Following the performance, Silvia Mazzula, a diversity expert and Columbia alumna, will moderate a panel composed of Mary C. Boyce, Dean of Columbia Engineering; Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College; and Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, head of HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement), for a “talk-back” discussion on “Bias and Breakthroughs: Women in Engineering and Tech.”

—by Jesse Adams

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