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Ramapo to Present Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Math Maze on September 25

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 30, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Math Maze will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Berrie Center’s Sharp Theater. The critically acclaimed autobiographical solo show, directed by Miriam Eusebio, features writer/performer Gioia De Cari as she brings to life more than 30 characters in her story of studying in the male-dominated math field at M.I.T.

Created as a response to former Harvard President Lawrence Summer’s now-infamous suggestion that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences, Truth Values is a true-life tale that offers a humorous, scathing, insightful, and ultimately, uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field.

While making the most of the comic absurdity of being the only woman in a spooky basement office, being asked to serve cookies at a seminar and retaliating with “fashion experiments,” Truth Values is also a serious exploration of the world of elite mathematics and the role of women in math and science.

The original show premiered in August 2009 at the New York International Fringe Festival where it won Best Solo Show and has gone on to become a national hit, playing at over 30 venues including a sold out show at the La Jolla Playhouse Potiker Theater in 2011. De Cari developed the play in the studio of Wynn Handman, legendary for his work with monologists including John Leguizamo and Eric Bogosian. This sincere and entertaining production addresses misconceptions of gender and academia with honesty, wit and energy. Her deeply touching performance has earned raves from critics and stirred audiences to standing ovations.

Tickets are $20 per person. To purchase tickets, call the Berrie Center Box Office at (201) 684-7844, or visit https://www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter/september/ to order online.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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