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The Pill: Chemistry, Art & Art History and the Legacy of Carl Djerassi

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building


The Departments of Art & Art History, and Chemistry at Stanford University present The Pill: Chemistry, Art & Art History and the Legacy of Carl Djerassi.

A renaissance man in every sense of the word, Stanford professor Carl Djerassi is widely known for his remarkable achievements in chemistry and the arts. The world-renowned scientist, artist, poet and novelist is remembered most as the man who sparked a cultural revolution by developing the first oral contraceptive, which earned him the nickname, “Father of the Pill.” After his illustrious career as a chemist, he spent the final decades of his life writing many popular novels, poems and plays, which detailed the everyday struggles of a scientist. Always a champion of women in science, many of his written works highlighted the great contributions female scientists make to the field. Also an avid supporter of the arts, he established the Djerassi Resident Artists Program on his California ranch, a unique program that has benefitted hundreds of artists.

During this special event, faculty and students from the Departments of Chemistry and Art & Art History at Stanford University will come together to honor the legacy of Carl Djerassi with thought-provoking presentations that explore the integration of science with the arts.

Chemists, Professor Lynette Cegelski, Jen Hope, Sarah Noll, and Professor Paul Wender.
Art Historians, Assistant Professor Marci Kwon, Associate Professor Pavle Levi, and Senior Lecturer Adam Tobin.

Please join us from 5:30pm on Friday, October 20th in Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building. A reception will follow.

Image: Carl Djerassi, professor of Chemistry, 9.4.1991. Chuck Painter / Stanford News Service

VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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