September 29, 2017

"Hidden Figures" Author Margot Lee Shetterly Speaks in Dana Auditorium


No. 1 New York Times bestseller Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, visited Guilford on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

She is an author, researcher, entrepreneur and founder of the Human Computer Project, whose efforts go toward recovering the many names of exceptional women who have gone unrecognized for their work at NASA and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics from the 1930s to the 1980s. 

Margot Lee Shetterly made an appearance on campus as part of the Greensboro Public Library’s One City, One Book program, which brings the Greensboro community together every year with a common read. Hidden Figures was chosen this time. It's the story of three African-American women in the NASA program who made great strides and contributions to American space flight but were not recognized, and it underscores the importance of working toward a more just and equitable society. 

Margot spoke at Dana Auditorium, an event that was free and open to the public. The event was well attended, as the auditorium was filled with a diverse crowd of younger and older audience members.

Jamie Skjoldager '19, an English and Creative Writing double major, said, “I hope Guilford brings more figures like her to campus as an emblem of intersectionality and the problems entrenched in everyday lives that often go unnoticed.” Jamie also says she believes this event can help “expose those that can choose to ignore these issues.” 

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