On January 7th, 2017 at 1:00pm we will be hosting a panel discussion centered on the marginalization and perseverance of Black Women in Research and STEM fields. This discussion will be held immediately following a presentation of the new biographical comedy-drama film Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson (as Katherine Johnson, the African American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon). The film also stars Octavia Spencer (as Dorothy Vaughan) and Janelle Monáe (as Mary Jackson).
The film and discussion will be held at the Georgetown 14 Digital Cinema, 3898 Lafayette Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254. As part of the ongoing DON’T SLEEP Discussion Series which was kicked off by the screening of the film “The Birth of a Nation”, these events serve a two-fold purpose. First, to support films featuring a majority of actors and/or producers from marginalized communities, highlighting historical narratives typically erased from the public conscious. And second, to edify the community by holding meaningful discussion around the themes within the film, while showcasing the talent, intellect and civic commitment of local professionals, politicians and activists.