Aggie Agora Friday Lecture Series: New York Times Bestselling Author of Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures—an instant NYT bestseller—is the true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. It’s an epic history set during WWII and the Civil Rights Era, and soon to be a major motion picture! In talks, Shetterly celebrates these unsung heroes, teasing out issues of race, gender, science, and innovation.
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 (Fall 2016, HarperCollins). A highly anticipated film based on her book will be released in December 2016. It stars Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.
Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African-American “Human Computers” whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in WWII, the Cold War, and the Space Race. Shetterly’s father was among the early generation of black NASA engineers and scientists, and she had direct access to NASA executives and the women featured in the book. She grew up around the historically black Hampton College, where the women in Hidden Figures studied. Along with Aran Shetterly, Shetterly co-founded the magazine Inside Mexico. She graduated from The University of Hampton, and is a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow.
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