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A one-woman play born from the controversial suggestion by former Harvard President Lawrence Summers that innate gender differences may account for the underrepresentation of women in mathematics and science will be performed at Texas A&M University at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in Rudder Theatre.

Free tickets to the play, "Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze," are available at the Memorial Student Center Box Office.

The autobiographical show is written and performed by self-described "recovering mathematician" Gioia De Cari, who channels more than 30 roles on stage to relate her experience as a mathematics graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

De Cari explores the world of elite mathematics and the role of women in mathematics and science as she tells tales from her time in academia, including one occasion when she was asked to serve cookies at a seminar. The show premiered in August 2009 at the New York International Fringe Festival, where it won Best Solo show.

Women in academia have made major strides in recent years, said Chris Kaunas, director of the Texas A&M ADVANCE Center, which aims to boost representation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. But, she added, plenty of work remains, from pay inequity to chipping away at the more subtle issue of implicit bias: unconscious prejudices that all people harbor toward groups of "others."

"Art can be a great vehicle for raising awareness about a social issue such as gender and academia," Kaunas said. "This play has been performed at many of our Vision 2020 peer institutions, and people there tell stories about a number of faculty members whose eyes were opened by the content of the show because they simply had never thought about these issues."

The play coincides with a semester-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Texas A&M formally opening its student body to women and enrolling its first African-American students. The event is sponsored by the ADVANCE Center, the 50th Anniversary of Inclusion Committee, the College of Science, the Department of Mathematics, the Dwight Look College of Engineering and Women In Science and Engineering.

For ticket information, visit the MSC Box Office site at http://boxoffice.tamu.edu/events.html or call (979) 845-1234.

For more information about the Truth Values play, visit truthvaluesplay.com.

To learn more about the Texas A&M Advance Center, visit http://advance.tamu.edu/.


Contact: Vimal Patel, (979) 845-7246 or vpatel@science.tamu.edu or Chris Kaunas, (979) 845-1197 or ckaunas@tamu.edu

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