Black History Month: Margot Lee Shetterly to give free lecture at Lipscomb

Margot Lee Shetterly author of Hidden Figures will speak at Lipscomb Feb 19.

Lipscomb University’s Department of English and Modern Languages is going to present author Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures, as their annual Landiss Lecture speaker. The free lecture is open to the public and will be held in Collins Alumni Auditorium, One University Park Drive, on the campus at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. 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. The Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering is also partnering with the English Department’s Annual Landiss Lecture Series to bring Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly to campus.

In celebration of African American History Month and National Engineers Week, Nashville-area middle and high school students are also invited to an Engineering Day on the Lipscomb campus including a STEM mentoring lunch, hands-on activities, and a Conversation with Ms. Shetterly.

The general public is invited to the Author Talk with Ms. Shetterly Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Collins Auditorium. Free parking is available in the parking lot of Stokes School (3701 Belmont Boulevard), and at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ (3710 Franklin Pike). In the event of an overflow crowd, a live broadcast will be provided on campus.

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.

Free Hidden Figures Book and Movie Discussions are being held by the Nashville Public Library at various branch locations during the month, including Saturday, February 16, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Bordeaux Branch, light refreshments will be served; and Thursday, February 21, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the new Madison Branch.

A Hidden Figures movie screening will be held at Coleman Park Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37211 on February 22, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM; all are welcome.

A Hidden Figures Book Discussion led by Nashville Public Defender Martesha Johnson is Thursday, February 21, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Jefferson Street CafĂ©, 1821 Jefferson St, Nashville, TN 37208, free and open to the public.