As the United States races against Russia to put a man in space, three brilliant African American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — become the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that captivates the world.
Science on Screen: Compelling films paired with lively talks by experts in science, technology and medicine.
Speaker: Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Department of Anthropology UMass Amherst, a historical archaeologist who focuses on the intersection of race, class and gender in the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African diaspora. Dr. Battle-Baptiste is also the Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Center at the UMass Libraries.
Topic: Race, class and gender, the biographies of the real-life women portrayed in HIDDEN FIGURES, and the complexities of why so many of us know so little about their lives or their impact on the space program.
Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.