Events for Book Readings

Hidden Figures and NASA: Margot Lee Shetterly and Dr. Ellen Stofan

Margot Lee Shetterly, best-selling author of Hidden Figures, and Dr. Ellen Stofan, former Chief Scientist at NASA, meet to discuss empowerment and the vital importance of women and people of color in STEM. Tickets are free but required, and are available at Margot Lee Shetterly is the best-selling author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. In her book, Shetterly tells the true story of women of color who made outstanding contributions to NASA in the 1950s and 1960s despite institutional discrimination and prejudice. The book was adapted for the big screen in the award-winning 2016 movie Hidden Figures. In 2013, Shetterly founded The Human Computer Project, an organization whose mission is to archive the work of all the women who worked as computers and mathematicians in the early days of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Ellen Stofan is a professor, researcher, and scientist who served as NASA's Chief Scientist from 2013 to 2017. In that role, she was the principal advisor to the NASA Administrator on the agency's strategic planning and programs. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, she held senior positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and New Millennium Program. Stofan is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London and co-chair of the World Economic Space Council. She holds master's and doctoral degrees in geological sciences from Brown University and is an outspoken champion of young women and people of color who seek careers in STEM.