January Thaw: Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA

3:00 PM  - 4:00 PM
Wednesday Jan 11, 2017
Hall of Fame, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex

Duchess Harris

Duchess Harris' fourth book was published on December 15th, 2016.  "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA" is about the Black women who did mathematical calculations for John Glen to go to the moon. Harris was motivated to write this book with Sue Bradford Edwards because her grandmother was in the group of the first 11 recruited to work at NASA.  It’s an important story, important enough to be included in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture that opened last fall, and now Harris and others are telling the tale of how women like Harris’ grandmother and namesake, Miriam Mann, were recruited to work as engineers for still-segregated NASA in the 1940s. In December, the tale will receive the Hollywood treatment via “Hidden Figures,” a Ted Melfi-directed and Janelle Monae-starring biopic of the pioneering women. But Harris’ real-life version is compelling all on its own.

This event is for: Staff and Faculty

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