Margot Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures and founder of "The Human Computer Project," will be on campus for three free events on January 24. Her Hollywood movie featuring stars like Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae tells the story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race.
4:00 p.m. Featured Event with Q&A – Rackham Auditorium
7:00 p.m. Fireside Chat – Stamps Auditorium (North Campus)
7:45 p.m. Reception & Book Signing – Stamps Auditorium (North Campus)
Audiences of all backgrounds will be captivated by the phenomenal true story of the black female “human computers” who used math to change their own lives—and their country’s future. In this keynote, author Margot Lee Shetterly talks about race, gender, science, the history of technology, and much else. She shows us the surprising ways that women and people of color have contributed to American innovation while pursuing the American Dream.
The featured event is sponsored by the University of Michigan College of Engineering as part of the university's annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. It will be followed by a fireside chat and book signing on North Campus.