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University of Houston
News Release
Friday, September 29, 2017

‘Hidden Figures’ Author to Visit UH Oct. 3
Margot Lee Shetterly Will Discuss Book, Appear with NASA JSC Director Ochoa

HOUSTON - The author of the New York Times bestseller that inspired the Academy Award-nominated film “Hidden Figures” will visit the University of Houston to speak to students, faculty and staff Tuesday, Oct. 3.

·       Margot Lee Shetterly will discuss her book, “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.”

·       Shetterly will be joined by Ellen Ochoa, astronaut and Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Their discussion will connect the book to Ochoa’s own experience.

The novel explores the lives of a group of African-American women, so-called “human computers”, who calculated the flight paths that would allow men to orbit the earth and walk on the moon.

WHAT:           Discussion and Media Availability with Margot Lee Shetterly and Ellen Ochoa

WHEN:          Tuesday, Oct. 3

                       7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Discussion

                       8:15 – 8:30 p.m. Media Availability

WHERE:        UH Wortham Theatre, 3351 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX (click here for map)

Note: A special showing of Hidden Figures will take place in the UH Student Center South Theater at 1:30pm

Shetterly’s visit is made possible by the UH Office of the Provost as part of the Provost Summer Read Program. During the New Student Orientation incoming freshmen received a copy of “Hidden Figures” to read over the summer. Since then, they have participated in a series of meaningful discussions with faculty and peers centered on the book.

“This novel encourages both the power of research and celebrates the achievements of women of color, all while encouraging students to think about how research creates new knowledge and awareness,” said Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “We are honored to have Margot Lee Shetterly share her personal experiences on our campus.”

About the Author

  • Shetterly is founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African-American “Human Computers” whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in World War II, the Cold War and the Space Race.
  • She had direct access to NASA executives and the women featured in the book because her father was among the early generation of black NASA engineers and scientists.
  • Shetterly grew up around Hampton College where the women in “Hidden Figures” studied.

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