Cornell University

Science Cabaret: 19th Century Disease Detectives and the Curious Case of the Broad Street Pump

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

112 South Cayuga Street 112 South Cayuga St., Ithaca

Awaken your inner medical detective, and travel back in time to 19th century London to solve a disease mystery! Your beloved neighborhood of Soho has fallen victim to a deadly outbreak of cholera that has claimed the lives of hundreds of fellow citizens over the past week. You are a member of a local emergency response team that must decide what is causing the disease and how to stop it.

At December's Science Cabaret, we invite members of the Ithaca community to role play as a historical response team, devising a plan to stop this deadly disease outbreak before more people are killed.

Dr. Marshall Hayes of Cornell's Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology will lead Science Cabaret participants in recreating this pivotal event in the history of epidemiology. Dr. Hayes and his colleagues use a highly interactive teaching technique to immerse people in historical scenarios in order to learn about important developments in science and to appreciate how the scientific process unfolds.

Audience members will enjoy this opportunity to become fully engaged in a critical scientific debate that took place over 150 years ago. Role players will try to reach consensus on a strategy to address one of the most serious public health concerns in Victorian England. If you are interested in playing an active role in this event, please RSVP to by November 30th. Otherwise, everyone is welcome to attend, observe and experience the drama, fun and excitement!

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Science Cabaret is made possible through a partnership with the Light In Winter Festival of Science and the Arts:

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Note: Lot 10 is no longer serving dinner. They are transitioning to a music and entertainment venue. Awesome cocktails, beer, and wine are available. They are now offering fresh hand-cut french fries with amazing seasonings and dipping sauces.