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Women Astronomers Then and Now - Panel Presentation & Discussion for Women's History Month

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Rockford Public Library invites adults and teens to this event highlighting Henrietta Leavitt and other pioneering women astronomers, along with the status of women in astronomy today. We start with a short reading by Artists' Ensemble Theater from their play "Silent Sky" about Leavitt, after which children may cross the hall to "Look Up!," (requires registration, designed for ages 8-12).

As a woman "computer" at the Harvard Observatory in 1895, Henrietta wasn't allowed to touch a telescope, but she went on to discover a new law about variable stars, transforming astronomy. The panel will address issues from the play, the book "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars," and observations about women in the field today.

The panelists: Deepshikha Shukla, Ph.D. and Deborah Breiter, Ph.D. of Rockford University; Marj Christen and Karen Christen of Astro-Physics, Inc.; and Carolyn Cadigan, Lisa Turbyville and Charlie Rasmann of Artists' Ensemble Theater. All are encouraged to see the play and, for further inspiration, to read the book "The Glass Universe," available from RPL.

Subarea:Rockford Downtown

Directions:
Nordlof Center – 118 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west 6.5 miles on Business 20, which becomes one-way as Jefferson St., to Wyman (first street after the bridge over Rock River). Turn left (south) on Wyman to Mulberry. From I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main). North on IL 2 to the downtown area. (S. Main becomes Wyman, one-way north). Park in lots at Wyman and Mulberry.

Women Astronomers Then and Now - Panel Presentation & Discussion for Women's History Month