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Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize-winning chemist turned poet and playwright, will read from his poetry at the University of Richmond Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Hall’s Brown-Alley Room. Part of the English Department Writers Series, the reading is free and open to the public. Hoffmann will answer questions afterwards.

Hoffmann is the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Humane Letters at Cornell University. An intellectual with wide-ranging interests, he is author of five books of poetry and three plays. His most recent drama, “Something That Belongs to You,” had its first workshop production last fall at Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts.

Hoffmann also will appear twice at the Science Museum of Virginia. At 2 p.m. on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, he will give poetry readings, and University of Richmond theater students and local actors will present dramatic readings from his plays, “Should’ve” and “Oxygen.” Admission is $3, and a reception will follow the Feb. 20 performance.

The University of Richmond-Science Museum of Virginia Nobel Laureate in Residence program is sponsoring Hoffmann’s visit. The Suhor-Graham Foundation provided funding for the university’s portion.

For more information about the University of Richmond event, call 804-289-8287. For directions to campus, visit www.richmond.edu/visit/directions.html. For information about Science Museum of Virginia events, call 804-864-1400 or 800-659-1727 or visit www.smv.org.