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Frame/Works with de Denus

The Theatre program at HWS concludes its inaugural Frame/Works series in conjunction with its production of D.W. Gregory’s “Radium Girls,” directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Woodworth.  Frame/Works is a program designed to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice. Scholars are invited to present their research on a play, playwright, historical moment, genre or style in a pre-show lecture prior to a performance. Following the performance, audience members are invited to participate in a post-show talkback with members of the cast and creative team. Taken together, the pre-show lecture and the post-show talkback, “frame” a “work” of theatrical art.

HWS Theatre continues Frame/Works on Friday, April 18 with guest scholar Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Chemistry Christine de Denus. Her preshow talk is titled “Radioactive Elements: Friends or Foes?” In the “first act” of this talk, de Denus will provide a brief background to the unique properties that radioactive elements possess.  After a brief intermission, the “second act” will portray how these unique elements have played the role of both friend and foe in society.  Radium and its role as an agent of death will factor prominently into the discussion.  de Denus’s talk will be held from 5-6 p.m. in Coxe Hall Room 7. It is free and open to the public.

In her role as associate provost, de Denus has primary duties which focus on curricular development and assessment, strategic planning, academic facilities and equipment planning, institutional grant preparation and oversight, budget management, accreditation, professional development opportunities for faculty, oversight of the summer research program, diversity, hiring, and the faculty review process.  She was also the co-chair of the recent Middle States Re-accreditation process. As an associate professor of chemistry, she has taught general, organic, forensic, analytical, and inorganic chemistry.  She also developed and taught two first-year seminar courses in the general curriculum (Chemistry and Crime; The Olympics: People, Places, Politics and Passion). As a scholar she has published 31 articles and secured external funding for her research on molecule wire candidates. Prior to joining HWS in 1999 de Denus spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University conducting research in polymer chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from The University of Manitoba in 1997 and her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Winnipeg in 1993. 

Frame/Works attendees are encouraged to see “Radium Girls” that evening.

Following the Friday, April 18 performance of “Radium Girls,” audience members are invited to stay for a post-show talk-back with members of the cast and production team.

Frame/Works is a program designed by HWS Theatre Assistant Professor Chris Woodworth, who launched the series in Fall 2013 in conjunction with the HWS Theatre / Geneva Theatre Guild production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Inaugural speaker Assistant Professor of English Rob Carson gave a talk titled “Offending Shadows.” The program continued in February with Associate Professor of Classics Leah Himmelhoch’s talk, “A Truth Stranger Than Fiction: Tales of Labyrinths, Minotaurs, and Inspiration,” which was held in conjunction with the HWS Theatre production of “Heavier Than…”

For more information on Frame/Works, contact Woodworth at or 315-781-4581. For tickets to “Radium Girls” visit the HWS Bookstore or Area Records and Music.