Hidden Figures Author Margot Lee Shetterly to speak at St. Philip’s College

Location: 
St. Philip’s College
Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, 78203
Date(s): 
September 20, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

The 2018 St. Philip's College President’s Lecture Series event of seminars and a free public lecture brings STEM and the stars closer to San Antonio for one day with Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly on Sept. 20, 2018.

Shetterly’s 60-minute lecture at St. Philip’s College begins at 11 a.m. in the 600-seat Watson Fine Arts Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive in the city’s Denver Heights neighborhood (building marked “1” on the SPC interactive Map: http://alamo.edu/SPC/IMAP-MLK/

Lecture admission and parking are both free, and lecture seating is available on a first-arrived, first-seated basis. Lecture seating reservations requests for large school, government and corporate groups are recommended and are accepted online now at this link. Audience questions for Shetterly are being accepted online now and up to 48 hours prior to the lecture at this link.

Guests will hear from and get to ask questions of the author who is currently working on numerous projects as she expands her Hidden Figures empire.

Along with a companion project on recovering the names of the Human Computers who are women who worked  in STEM jobs for NASA and its National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics predecessor agency starting nearly 90 years ago, the definitive book on the iconic Hidden Figures of NASA is written by the author who will serve as the next President’s Lecture Series speaker in September. Audiences can learn in depth about Hidden Figures for the next few seasons.

The decision makers at Nat Geo, National Geographic’s cable channel, are reportedly developing a TV series based on Hidden Figures. Shetterly was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in May, and she inspired local kids who visited St. Philip’s College earlier this year to excel in a STEM video competition inspired by Hidden Figures.

Shetterly is an entrepreneur who resided in Mexico for 11 years while founding an English-language newspaper there. In addition to a career of working in investment banking and media startups, keep an eye out for information on Margot Shetterly’s “don’t miss” program about the Hidden Figures.

About the St. Philip’s College President’s Lecture Series: From La Var Burton (2016) to four original 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders (2011), The Honorable Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2014) to The Honorable Julian Bond (2015) and Margot Lee Shetterly (2018), the St. Philip’s College President’s Lecture Series: http://www.alamo.edu/spc/pls/ provides live, in-depth opportunities for the college and community to hear noted speakers’ perspectives on local and global issues. Each guest traditionally provides two classroom seminars for college students and meets with host St. Philip’s College President Dr. Adena Williams Loston and her leadership team, followed by a public seminar in the college’s Watson Fine Arts Center. The forum is free and educates students, faculty and staff from the college in addition to community members. Call lecture series committee chair Beautrice Butler at (210) 486-2670 for details on the lecture series.

About St. Philip’s College: Bishop James Steptoe Johnston of the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church of the West Texas Diocese founded St. Philip’s College in 1898, and Saint Artemisia Bowden led the nondenominational public college for 52 years (1902–1954). Today, St. Philip’s College, a member of the Alamo Colleges, is a multi-campus institution and serves a semester enrollment of about 13,000 credit students. St. Philip’s College is a Historically Black College and a Hispanic Serving Institution. As "A Point of Pride in the Community," St. Philip’s College is among the oldest and most diverse community colleges in the United States.