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Author Margot Lee Shetterly to visit Morehead

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at 9 a.m. for two special events at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center with the author of the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” Author Margot Lee Shetterly will participate in a special book-club style dinner and then give a keynote talk in Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Shetterly’s book tells the true story of the black “human computers” who used math to change their own lives—and their country’s future as NASA and the United States battled the Soviet Union for supremacy in space. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. The movie opens in early 2017. See the trailer here.

The first event offers a group of 30 a special opportunity to engage the author over dinner. A limited number of tickets are available for the public. Tickets for the 5 p.m. book-club dinner are $60 and include dinner, a copy of the book and admission to the keynote talk that follows.

The keynote event begins at 7 p.m. in Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater. Shetterly will discuss race, gender, science, the history of technology and more. She will talk about the surprising ways women and people of color have contributed to American innovation while pursuing the American Dream. Tickets to the talk are $15 and include an option to buy a copy of the book. Shetterly will sign copies of “Hidden Figures” following her talk.

Tickets for both events will be available online only through the link here.

Morehead will also debuting a related new exhibit that evening, “Firsts in Flight: A Hidden History.” Guests will be able to view the exhibit before or after the keynote.

“Hidden Figures,” Shetterly’s first book, brings to life the story of African American mathematicians who worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center during the golden age of space travel—Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden. Teaching math at segregated schools in the South, they were called into service during World War II labor shortages. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had jobs worthy of their skills and would make key contributions to some of NASA’s greatest successes.

Morehead is offering the events at part of International Science Center and Science Museum Day.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, a constituent unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, features the largest fulldome digital planetarium in the South, hands-on science demonstration programs, summer camps, field-trip opportunities and more. Morehead serves more than 160,000 guests annually in Chapel Hill and reaches more than 20,000 schoolchildren through year-round, statewide outreach programming. In addition, Morehead produces the North Carolina Science Festival. In collaboration with hundreds of partners, the Festivals offer science programming to more than 400,000 people each April.

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