Lipscomb University's Department of English and Modern Languages is pleased to present author Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures, as the annual Landiss Lecture speaker. The free lecture is open to the public and will be held in Collins Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is being held in celebration of Black History Month and National Engineering Week. A book signing will follow at 8:30 p.m.
Hidden Figures has been named the 2018-19 Nashville Reads book by the Mayor's Office and the Nashville Public Library Foundation, as well as the Common Read by the Lipscomb University Light Program.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race is a 2016 non-fiction book that follows the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three mathematicians known as "human computers" who overcame discrimination, as women and as African Americans, while working at NASA during the Space Race. The book also profiles Christine Darden, who was the first African-American woman to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service for her work in researching supersonic flight and sonic booms. It was the basis of a film by the same name which was nominated for three Oscars. The book reached number one on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list and got the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction in 2017.