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The Engagements Lecture Series

Location:

Community-Wide

Event Type(s): Literary, Lecture / Workshop
Organization: The Paramount Theater
Description: The University of Virginia Presents: The Engagements Lecture Series featuring Margot Lee Shetterly & Hidden Figures
7:00PM Lecture | 8:30PM Film Screening


Author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly discusses her novel in a lecture presented by the University of Virginia Engagement Lecture Series. The lecture will be followed by a presentation of the three-time Academy Award nominated film of the same name.

About Hidden Figures:

Before a computer became an inanimate object and before Sputnik changed the course of history, before the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education established that separate was in fact not equal, and before the poetry of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech rang out over the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a group of black women working at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia were helping America dominate aeronautics, space research, and computer technology, carving out a place for themselves as female mathematicians who were also black, black mathematicians who were also female. Hidden Figures is their story.

About Margot Lee Shetterly:

Writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (William Morrow/HarperCollins). A 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grantee, Shetterly is the founder of The Human Computer Project, an endeavor that is recovering the names and accomplishments of all of the women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists and engineers at the NACA and NASA from the 1930s through the 1980s. She is a native of Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women behind the history in Hidden Figures. She lived for many years in New York and Mexico before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, where she lives with her husband, writer Aran Shetterly. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia. For more information, visit Shetterly’s website at http://www.hiddenfigures.com/bio/.
Address: 215 E. Main Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Contact Name: The Paramount Theater
Contact Phone: 434.979.1333
More Info Link: www.theparamount.net
Date: Monday, 9/11/2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
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