Northwestern State University’s Student Government Association will host an evening with Margot Lee Shettery, author of the book that inspired the film “Hidden Figures.”
Shettery will speak Monday, November 5 at 6:15 p.m. in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium on the NSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Shettery is an American non-fiction writer who has also worked in investment banking and media startups. Her first book, “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” is about African-American women mathematicians working at NASA who were instrumental to the success of the United States space program. She sold the movie rights while still working on the book, and it was adapted as a feature film of the same name.
For several years Shetterly and her husband lived and worked in Mexico, where they founded and published Inside Mexico, a magazine directed to English-speaking expats.
“NSU’s SGA sponsors a regular speakers’ series, bringing guests to campus throughout the year to give students a chance to experience different points of view and inspirational messages,” said SGA President Jacob Ellis of Athens. “We invite people to come out to hear this message and feel inspired by this amazing story.”