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Hidden Figures Book Chosen for Provost Summer Read Program

Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
Provost Summer Read Selection for 2017

The Provost Summer Read Selection Committee has chosen the book for incoming freshmen students to read in the fall of 2017. The book selection, Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, ties into the City of Houston and encourages students to think about how research creates new knowledge and awareness while putting local history into the conversation around national events.

The Provost Summer Read program is built around a common book that is provided to and read by first year students over the summer. Now in its fourth year, the program develops a meaningful dialogue between faculty and students both inside and out of the classroom. Further details regarding programming to incorporate this book into 2017-2018 activities will be forthcoming.

This novel, which has been developed into an Oscar-nominated film, tells the true story of black female mathematicians who significantly impacted America's achievements in space during the Civil Rights Movement. In celebration of the film, the University of Houston will hold a screening of the film and subsequent panel discussion, featuring leading members from the NASA Johnson Space Center.

I thank the selection committee for their dedication in choosing a book which encourages both the power of research and celebrates the achievements of women of color. I encourage each of you to participate in the film screening and panel discussion next week.

Warmest regards,

Paula Myrick Short
Provost