Margot Shetterly, author of the book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, will give a public lecture. Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, Hidden Figures tells the true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program. The book was adapted for a movie in 2016. Registration and additional events will be announced in August.
This lecture is part of the Rutgers Reads program for incoming Rutgers University–Camden students enrolled in a writing program course. Beyond choosing Hidden Figures as required summer reading, the program seeks to expand the impact of a common book by linking it to wider cultural conversations across campus and beyond. Rutgers Reads events are sponsored in part by the Chancellor's Office, the Division of Student Affairs, the Writing Program and the Rutgers Universty-Camden Alumni Association (RUCAA).