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Writer behind Oscar-nominated film coming to campus

Each year Case Western Reserve honors the life's work of Martin Luther King Jr. with programs and events celebrating his legacy. This year’s festivities will culminate with a keynote speech by bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly. Her book, Hidden Figures, is the subject of a film released this winter, which was recently nominated as a 2017 "Best Picture" Oscar contender.

Based on a true story, Hidden Figures, follows a team of African American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions. Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African American “Human Computers” whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in WWII, the Cold War and the Space Race.

In talks, Shetterly celebrates these unsung heroes, discussing issues of race, gender, science and innovation.

Shetterly’s address will take place Friday, February 3 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are free but required for admission. Students with tickets can watch the address live in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom or enjoy a live-stream of the event in Thwing Ballroom or the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium.

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