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'Out of the Closet' Series at Ithaca College Highlights Math Geniuses

ITHACA, NY — In celebration of April as Math Awareness Month, the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series at Ithaca College will show documentaries about brilliant mathematicians Alan Turing and John Nash. The double feature screening on Wednesday, April 6, will take place in Textor 102 beginning at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

“Decoding Alan Turing” tells the story of the Cambridge graduate who was fundamental to cracking the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII and who created what is hailed by some as the first modern computer. Though his work was lauded, his homosexuality was considered an extreme mental illness and he was forced into inhumane medical treatment and eventual suicide. The documentary raises the question of what other innovations this great thinker might have created had he not been victimized because of his sexuality.

“John Nash: A Beautiful Genius” follows the journey of the Nobel Prize recipient from his explosive entrance into the competitive world of mathematics through his diagnosis with paranoid schizophrenia and beyond. The subject of the Academy Award–winning film “A Beautiful Mind,” Nash is an extraordinary man whose complicated personal life has often threatened to overshadow his work, which is used in fields ranging from market economics and evolutionary biology to accounting and military theory.

The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services. The theme for this year’s series is “History and Heroes of the LGBT Movement.”

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