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"Hidden Figures"

2019-20 One Book Selection

"Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly

"Hidden Figures" is the true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. In the book, Shetterly celebrates these unsung heroes, teasing out issues of race, gender, science and innovation against the backdrop of WWII and the Civil Rights Era.

October 17, 2019 Keynote with Margot Lee Shetterly

On October 17th, 2019, Faculty Co-Chairs Dean Teresa Woodruff of the Graduate School and Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences Heather Pinkett, will be in conversation with author of Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly

Chicago Keynote

  • 12pm - 1pm, Arthur Rubloff Building, Thorne Auditorium, 375 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Evanston Keynote

  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm, Technological Institute, Ryan Auditorium, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208



Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly is Northwestern University’s One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2019-20 academic year. For the first time this year, all first-year and transfer students will receive an eBook copy over the summer. The author of the book, Margot Lee Shetterly, will be on campus October 17 at both the Chicago and Evanston campuses.

Heather Pinkett, an associate professor of molecular biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Teresa Woodruff, dean of The Graduate School, will serve at faculty co-chairs this year. This book will provide the foundation for dozens of events throughout the upcoming academic year.

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Upcoming Events

Sisters in Cinema: An Evening with Yvonne Welbon

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive

Hidden Figures Wednesday, October 16, 7 PM FREE Sisters in Cinema: An Evening with Yvonne Welbon (Yvonne Welbon, 2003, U...

One Book Margot Shetterly Keynote: Chicago Campus

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Arthur Rubloff Building, 375 E Chicago Ave

Faculty Co-Chairs Dean Teresa Woodruff of the Graduate School and Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences Heather P...

2019 Alumnae Award Presentation

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 1710 Orrington Ave

Journalist and Author Susan Page will receive the 2019 Alumnae Award.Established in 1976, the award is presented annuall...


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