While soldiers, journalists and citizens across the Middle East keep their gas masks close at hand for fear of chemical warfare, a two-part symposium held this week, Copenhagen: History, Science and the Arts -- Making Connections, will focus on the multitude of dilemmas surrounding the creation of different deadly weapon: the atomic bomb.
Sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the panel discussions are being held in conjunction with Copenhagen, the Tony Award-winning play by Michael Frayn that's currently playing at the DCPA's Ricketson Theatre. "The symposium obviously deals with an incredibly timely set of issues raised about science and weapons, and their impact on all of us," says Jeff Cox, director of the CU-Boulder Center for Humanities and the Arts, who will moderate both events. "We hope to talk about the historic and ethical questions raised by obligations to government versus personal morals, along with the artistic aspects of the play."
Panel participants include CU-Boulder physics professors Allan Franklin and Carl Wieman, a 2001 Nobel Prize winner; CU-Boulder history professor and former Los Alamos resident Lee Chambers; physicist Lawrence Cranberg; theater critic Sylvie Drake; regional theater founder Zelda Fichandler; and Anthony Powell, associate director of the DCPA's Copenhagen production.
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The first session will be held on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom in the DCPA complex on 14th and Champa streets; the second will take place on Monday, April 14, at 4 p.m. at the Eaton Humanities Building on the CU-Boulder campus. Both panels will take questions from the audience. "We didn't know that this topic was going to be quite as relevant at the moment as it is," says Cox. "So I expect that the audience will have a lot to say."
Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 303-492-1423. For more information, visit www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/CHA/copenhagensymp.htm.