The extensive research that exposed the Hidden Figures at NASA between the 1930s and 1960s sends a strong message in 2020. Intellectual talent can be found in unlikely places. How do we ensure that we engage people from all demographic groups in the STEM enterprise along the educational and career continuum? Margot Lee Shetterly will speak to this issue and discuss the journey that led to her nationally award-winning book and movie.
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, which was a top book of 2016 for both TIME and Publisher’s Weekly, a USA Today bestseller, and a #1 (instant) New York Times bestseller.
The film adaptation of her book — which became the number one movie in America — stars Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and Octavia Spencer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. To The New York Times, the film introduces viewers to “real people you might wish you had known more about earlier … [who] can fill you with outrage at the persistence of injustice and gratitude toward those who had the grit to stand up against it.” A television show is also in the works.