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Humphrey School Sells Out Distinguished Carlson Lecture by Author Margot Lee Shetterly

December 8, 2016
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Note: This event is sold out, however additional tickets may become available on the day of the lecture. Attendees must visit the Northrop box office in person to inquire, or to join a cancellation line.  

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is thrilled to announce an early sellout for the Distinguished Carlson Lecture featuring Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures. Shetterly will deliver the lecture at the University of Minnesota on February 21, 2017. The event is presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation.

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By telling the astonishing story of African American women who served as “human computers” behind the scenes at NASA, Shetterly breaks open critical conversations about issues of race, gender, and science. 

Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series
Margot Lee Shetterly
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6 p.m. Northrop, University of Minnesota 

Lecture followed by a conversation with Michele Norris
Executive Director, The Race Card Project, Aspen Institute 
Former Host, National Public Radio 

Set against the rich backdrop of World War II, the civil rights era, and the fight for gender equality, Hidden Figures illustrates the lives of women mathematicians who helped shape America’s history by contributing to some of NASA’s greatest successes.  The Hollywood film based on the book, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner, was released in January to wide acclaim.

As the Distinguished Carlson Lecturer, Shetterly will discuss the ways that women and people of color have contributed to American innovation and also address how perceptions of human potential have been limited by prejudice, the quest to change perspectives fueled by bias, and other compelling issues impacting civil rights. 

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  

A book signing will follow the lecture. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of University of Minnesota Bookstores.

About Margot Lee Shetterly

A writer, researcher, and entrepreneur, Shetterly is 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 World War II, the Cold War, and the space race. Shetterly’s father was among the early generation of black NASA engineers and scientists, and she had direct access to NASA executives and the women featured in the book.

Shetterly grew up near the historically black Hampton College, where the women in Hidden Figures studied. She is an intrepid traveler who spent 11 years living in Mexico. Along with Aran Shetterly, she co-founded the magazine Inside Mexico. She graduated from The University of Virginia, and is a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow. She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

About Michele Norris

Norris, a native of Minneapolis, is a Peabody-Award winning journalist and former host of NPR’s All Things Considered. She is the executive director of The Race Card Project, an initiative of the Aspen Institute to foster wider conversations about race in America. Norris is author of The Grace of Silence, a family memoir, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. 

About the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series

For 34 years, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation, has presented the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series, bringing to Minnesota world-renowned speakers to participate in a forum dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the most important policy issues of the day. The series began in 1980 with a gift from Curtis L. Carlson to honor his late friend, Hubert H. Humphrey, and to “contribute to the intellectual life of the greater Twin Cities community by sponsoring lively forums of broad interest.”

To date, the Carlson Lecture has presented more than 50 speakers, including Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Elie Wiesel, the Dalai Lama, and Beverly Sills. See the complete list here

The Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation. 

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