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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures: Film Event with Live Panel Q&A

Saturday April 17, 2021 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Before a computer became an inanimate object and before Sputnik changed the course of history, before the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education established that separate was in fact not equal, and before the poetry of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech rang out over the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a group of black women working at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Virginia were helping America dominate aeronautics, space research, and computer technology, carving out a place for themselves as female mathematicians who were also black, black mathematicians who were also female. Hidden Figures is their story.

This presentation includes clips from the film and a live panel discussion featuring:

  • Dr. Erica Graham (Bryn Mawr College)
  • Dr. Raegan Higgins (Texas Tech University)
  • Dr. Candice Price (Smith College)
  • Dr. Shelby Wilson (University of Maryland)


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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has a nationwide film program to support filmmakers at every stage of development who create narrative films about science and technology. Learn more

Dr. Candice Price

Dr. Candice Renee Price is an African-American mathematician and assistant professor at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Born and raised in California, Price has a bachelor’s degree (2003) in Mathematics from California State University, Chico and a master’s degree (2007) from San Francisco State University. She earned her doctoral degree (2012) in mathematics from the University of Iowa under... Learn more

Dr. Erica Graham

Dr. Erica Graham is an assistant professor of mathematics at Bryn Mawr College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bryn Mawr College (2004) and master’s (2008) and doctoral (2012) degrees in mathematics from the University of Utah. Her research is in the field of mathematical biology, with applications to endocrinology and physiology. Specific modeling interests include mechanisms... Learn more

Dr. Raegan Higgins

Dr. Raegan Higgins is an associate professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Texas Tech University. Her research is in time scales and their applications. She has a keen interest in increasing the number of women, especially those underrepresented, in STEM and improving the undergraduate preparation of mathematics majors. She is a proud alumna of Xavier... Learn more

Dr. Shelby Wilson

Dr. Shelby Wilson is Senior Data Scientist for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Her scientific experience can be broadly described as being in the area of computational biology and relies on truly interdisciplinary collaborations spanning a number of subject areas including mathematics, computer science, physics, and biology. Learn more