, is the true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space and the One Book One Northwestern
all-campus read for the 2019-20 academic year. Margot Lee Shetterly’s book celebrates previously unsung heroines who overcame sexism and racism in 1960s to make history and pave the way for future generations of scientists. The story is captivating and inspiring, illuminating the power of human innovation when prejudices are set aside. In this study group, we will integrate Shetterly’s scholarship with our own experiences of prejudice and scientific accomplishment during the twentieth century. OLLI members with firsthand experience of the challenges that women have faced in the sciences and/or members who attended historically black colleges and universities or single-gender colleges are especially welcomed. In addition to reading the book, we will view and discuss the film and encourage attendance at on-campus One Book
events. The author will present a keynote address at Northwestern on October 17. A special One Book
edition of Hidden Figures
(HarperCollins, 2016) is available at a discount through OLLI.