Field Trip 11-4-00: Ford's Theatre

ford Earth, Life, and Time is an exploration cultural images of natural sciences as well as of the sciences themselves. During the program's third semester, we concentrate on this cultural aspect, exploring images of science in literature, educational material, and popular media. When we learned that Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee's play Inherit the Wind was playing at Ford's Theatre, we couldn't resist going. The play provided a jumping off point for a later colloquium discussion of the degree to which the play had been faithful to both the historical record of the Scopes trial and the to its scientific and cultural issues dangers and merits of the fictionalization of historical events.