NC A&T’s CAHSS to host Margot Lee Shetterly, New York Times bestselling author of “Hidden Figures”

EAST GREENSBORO (March 29, 2022) – The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will virtually host New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly on Thursday, March 31, for a discussion of his thought-provoking book, “Hidden Figures,” which inspired the #1 American film of the same name.

Shetterly will host a virtual masterclass with NC A&T students in the afternoon, followed by a panel discussion at 6 p.m. The roundtable, which is open to the public, will be moderated by actress Angela Ray. Click on the following link to register for the roundtable:

Shetterly’s virtual appearance at A&T comes as March wraps up Women’s History Month. Shetterly’s best-selling book officially titled “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” and film adaptation documents the true story of NASA’s black women mathematicians who have helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. In her speech at A&T, Shetterly will celebrate these unsung heroes, addressing issues of race, gender, science and innovation in the context of World War II and the civil rights era.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Shetterly and have her lead a conversation about the contributions of African American women in the field of mathematics. Learning how she captured the stories of these ‘hidden figures’ through research and interviews will help our students and the public understand the historic and exceptional work these women posed,” said Frances Ward-Johnson, Ph. D., dean of the ACSSS.

The book became one of the best books of 2016 for both TIME and The publisher’s weekly, a USA today best-selling and #1 (instant) New York Times Bestseller. The film adaptation – which became a No. 1 film in America – stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and Octavia Spencer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

A writer, researcher and entrepreneur, Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive telling the stories of all of NASA’s “human computers,” women from all walks of life whose work has tipped the balance in favor of states. United in World War II, the Cold War and the Space Race.

Thursday’s event marks the ACSSS’s 2nd Annual STEAM Conference Series, which highlights topics that integrate the arts, humanities and social sciences with STEM.