Varsity Tutors: War, Science, and Survival
Scientists are people just like you and me. So when war interrupts people’s lives, science can be put on pause or lost, too. That’s why we owe a debt of gratitude to the great scientists who persevered through persecution and danger to pursue their passion for learning how the world works.
In this class you’ll explore the challenges and triumphs faced by Jewish scientists Albert Einstein, Georg Bredig, and Marietta Blau, who endured many hardships amidst the Holocaust and World War II in order to pursue their science. And you’ll honor them by applying some of their most famous discoveries and accomplishments to hands-on science projects.
About the Speaker
Jocelyn McDaniel was the research curator for the Bredig Project at the Science History Institute. Her responsibilities included translating and curating the German language papers of the German Jewish chemists Georg and Max Bredig. In December 2020 Jocelyn graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a PhD in German studies with a dissertation entitled “Schweigen als Herausforderung: Silence as a Generational Challenge in the Post-Holocaust Works of German Jewish Authors Jurek Becker and Barbara Honigmann.” She also holds a BA and MA in German literature from the University of Delaware and a MA in European cultural history from the Universität des Saarlandes in Germany. Jocelyn has taught German at the university level and worked as an academic translator.
About Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors is a live-learning platform that seamlessly connects learners to experts in more than 3,000 subjects. Since 2007, the company has been investing in online learning technology, built new-to-the-world capabilities, and assembled some of the most talented tutors, educators, and instructors across the U.S. to help deliver that mission. Through one-on-one instruction, small group classes, large-format group classes, and adaptive self-study, the Varsity Tutors has created a live-learning destination to meet the needs of all students.
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Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!
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