The Periodic Table Re-Visited: A lively evening on the writing of Italian Chemist Primo Levi (1919-1987)

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Wed., Nov. 23, 2011, 7:00pm - , 9:00pm

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Podcast available HERE

Situating Science, the Contemporary Studies Program at the University of King's College, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum are pleased to partner for a lively evening celebrating the writing of Italian Chemist Primo Levi (1919-1987) at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 7 p.m. to 9 pm EST
Auditorium, Canada Science and Technology Museum
1867 St-Laurent Blvd Ottawa
RSVP by November 18, 2011 to
or 613-998-7486
Admission is free

Feel free to pose questions online via the "chat" feature for Question and Answer Period

Presentation by Victor Snieckus, Professor and Bader Chair at Queen’s University in Kingston, Dr. Sniekus is a world-renowned synthetic chemist with long-standing experience in solving challenging synthetic problems for pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies worldwide.

Primo Levi, a trained chemist became a major literary figure in Italy. Having spent a year in Auschwitz, he wrote a number of highly praised memoirs. His book of short stories, The Periodic Table, published in 1975 is a collection of short pieces featuring episodes from Levi’s life, all related in some way to one of the chemical elements. At an event organised by the London’s Royal Institution on October 19, 2006, it was voted the best science book ever written.

To mark the International Year of Chemistry, the Canada Science and Technology Museum invites you to a reading, interpretation and dialogue based on this famous book.

Free Public Event

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If you are not able to join the live webcast, please check and the CSTM website for the taped video of this lecture which will be posted on the Museum site and following the event.

About the Canada Science and Technology Museum

The largest of its kind in Canada, this Museum fulfills its mission through its collection, permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits, special events, school programs, workshops and demonstrations, publications, loans, conferences and lectures, expert advice, and joint action with other museums and organizations with similar goals and interests.

A visit to the Museum will allow the visitor to push buttons, turn dials, and pull levers to experience science and technology first-hand, as you discover artifact-rich exhibits featuring marine and land transportation, astronomy, communications, space, domestic technology and computer technology. Science and technology have changed Canada and influenced its people. The transformation of Canada, from the period of early exploration and settlement to the present, has been marked by achievements in science and technology.

The special role of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is to help the public to understand the ongoing relationships between science, technology and Canadian society.

About the Contemporary Studies Program at the University of King's College:
The Contemporary Studies Programme provides students with a broad interdisciplinary understanding of key aspects of contemporary society. It is designed to make sense of today’s world by considering important thinkers, writers, and artists, both on their own terms and in relation to the fundamental themes of our time. The CSP students explore questions such as social and political ideals of modernity; the relationships between science and politics, philosophy and literature, and ethics and aesthetics, and they ask what concepts like “reason,” “truth,” “language” or “subject” mean to us today. Students enrolled in the CSP combined-honors programme take three core classes (“Social and Political Thought,” “Science and Culture,” and “Deconstruction of the Tradition,” and a variety of electives on topics such as theories of aesthetics, ethical questions about the new technologies, representations of the Holocaust, feminist theory and literature, conceptions of race, theories of pain, psychoanalysis, structuralism, and others. All King’s and Dalhousie students who have completed their first year of study are invited to take CSP classes as electives.