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Author of "Hidden Figures" to Speak at Purdue

The author of the book “Hidden Figures,” Margot Lee Shetterly, will be coming to campus. The movie based on the book is currently in theaters. Ms. Shetterly will be speaking on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m. in Loeb Playhouse. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be for sale that evening and she will be signing books following her talk.

Margot Lee Shetterly’s 2016 book “Hidden Figures” was brought to movie theaters nationwide by director Theodore Melfi. The cast includes A-listers Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons. The book and film pay tribute to the African-American female mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists who played a key role in the early years of NASA.

Shetterly will speak at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Loeb Playhouse inside Purdue’s Stewart Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Hidden Figures” showcases the talents of the women of the segregated West Area Computers division of the Langley Research Center, concentrating on the trio of mathematics geniuses Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Their work was integral in the space race era and helped fuel projects Mercury and Apollo.

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