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Dr. Keeling as portrayed by Mike Farrell

Dr. Keeling’s Curve

Starring Mike Farrell
from the series M*A*S*H and Providence

Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Dunham Hall Theater 

Noted actor and activist Mike Farrell plays Dr. Charles David Keeling, the scientist whose research on carbon dioxide (CO2) gave the world its first early warnings of global warming. In this highly acclaimed performance, Farrell brings to life the quirky and brilliant man who created the Keeling Curve, the iconic chart that illustrates the rise in atmospheric CO2 levels from 1958 to the present.

The story combines Keeling’s personal journey with the insights of atmospheric scientists who, hundreds of years earlier, made discoveries that laid the foundations for Keeling’s own extraordinary work. We meet Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier, whose obsession with heat led to an understanding of the greenhouse effect, and Svante Arrhenius, who proved a link between global warming and CO2. The play paints very human portraits of these and other great scientists. There will be a short panel discussion with climate scientists after the show.

Sponsored by:

 Madison County Regional Office of Education

SIUE Graduate School

Don't miss the pre-show dinner prior to Dr. Keeling's Curve

Preferred seating is available for those who attend the preshow SIUE Friends of Theater and Dance dinner buffet prior to Dr. Keeling's Curve. For those attending the dinner, Arts & Issues will donate your ticket purchase for the play to the Friends of Theater and Dance scholarship fund for our SIUE students. Tickets for the dinner are $25 and can be purchased through Arts & Issues.There will be a reception with cash bar at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Morris University Center Conference Center on the second floor. If you need additional information, please call 618-650-5194.

Note: The Friends of Theater and Dance Benefit Dinner is not included in the Arts & Issues ticket subscription package. Tickets to the benefit dinner must be purchased separately. 

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