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Paradise: Reading and Discussion

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

in collaboration with Catalyst Collaborative@MIT


by Laura Maria Censabella

Yasmeen, a Muslim-American teenager in the Bronx, meets with her teacher Dr. Royston, a mysterious scientist forced to teach high school biology. If she salvages her perfect score, she can claim her independence: pursue her passion for science while honoring her cultural traditions. An unlikely, inspired partnership is created, investigating adolescent romantic love. Clashes arise out of their conflicts over religion, science, and mentorship as both teacher’s and student’s lives are transformed forever.


RSVP by Wednesday, February 2, 2017

(Vehicle entrance: 200 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143)


  • Paula Hammond: David H. Koch Chair Professor in Engineering and Department Head, Department of Engineering, MIT
  • Rebecca Saxe: Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
  • Saba Valadkhan: Assistant Professor, Biochemistry Department, Case Western University
Paradise: Reading and Discussion


Wednesday, February 15, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Auditorium)
136 Irving St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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MASS AWIS is the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association for Women in Sciences. Our mission is to support women in all scientific fields and to achieve equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Our events and membership are open for the public regardless of their gender, professional background, or career level.