Learn more about the story behind ‘Hidden Figures’ at READ book club Feb. 17, meet the author

The next selection for the City’s READ book club delves further into the story of the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures,” exploring more about the black women who worked at NASA at its inception and helped America land on the moon before Russia did. “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA” by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris explores the institutional racism and sexism faced by these mathematicians and scientists during the intersection of the Cold War, the space race, the struggle for gender equality and the civil rights movement.

Hidden human computers

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with coauthor Duchess Harris from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 17, in the City Hall Rotunda. Harris will give an introduction to her book, share some behind-the-scenes information about the black women at NASA, answer audience questions and sign books.

About the coauthor

Duchess Harris

Harris is professor and chair of American Studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul. She earned her bachelor’s degree in American history and African-American studies from the University of Pennsylvania, her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and her Juris Doctor with expertise in civil rights law. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Race and Poverty. In 2015, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers awarded her with its Profiles in Courage Award.

Save on the next READ book

City departments that want to purchase copies of the next READ Book Club book selection can do so at a substantially discounted rate through the publisher. Contact Laurice Reed about making a bulk purchase.


Register to attend the book club event in COMET

  1. Log in to COMET.
  2. Click “Learning and Development.”
  3. In the “Search for Learning” keyword box, type “READ.”
  4. Click “Enroll” by the event on Feb. 17.


Published Feb 8, 2017



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