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Beyond the Book

Hidden Figures has inspired many people on campus to create events around the themes of the book. Join the conversation.  If your unit is planning an event, please send your information to Susan Lantz, chair of the Campus Read committee. 

January 2018

January 4-April 28
“When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human Computers,”  a traveling exhibit from the Hampton History Museum that explores the history and personalities of the women featured in the book.The schedule is as follows:
  • January 4-31 at the Downtown Campus Library Atrium
  • Feb. 1-28 Evansdale Library, Second Floor
  • March 1-April 28 Erickson Alumni Center, Nutting Gallery
January 29
Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer. Former astronaut Jerry Ross will speak about his life and career. Details to be announced later. 


August 2017

August 8 - September 1
 "Imaging the West Side," at the Rockefeller Gallery of the downtown library is an exhibit sponsored by WVU Libraries and the School of Public Health.  Community residents and WVU medical students document the West Side of Charleston. Learn more about the hidden history of Charleston and how this affects the health of its citizens. 

August 30  

Fold and Fly: A paper airplane contest for human “computers.” The characters in Hidden Figures, this year’s campus read, had to calculate flight patterns by hand. Do you think you have “the right stuff” to design an airplane that will soar? Come to the Student Recreation Center from 4 to 7 p.m. to see if you can go the distance. You can also learn about intramural activities offered through the rec center including those in Stansbury Hall (which happens to be near where one of the characters went to school).  Prizes include a Hidden Figures book or video. 

September 2017
September 18 
"Hidden Histories: WVU and the West Virginia connections to Hidden Figures."  A panel discussion at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms with Marjorie Fuller, director of the Center for Black Culture and Research; Carroll Wilkinson, director of Library Strategic Initiatives;  Chad Proudfoot, 4-H program coordinator and historian; and Charlene Marshall, former mayor of Morgantown. 
This event will fulfill event requirements for first-year seminar students. 

September 22, 23
"Hidden Figures in the Stars," a planetarium show with a Campus Read theme. WVU Planetarium PL Floor, White Hall. Two shows first at 7 p.m., repeating at 8 p.m. both nights.  NOTE: These show are full. Please see October dates. 

September 30
"Women Speak," spoken word poetry from artists in the Appalachian region, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Milano Reading Room of the WVU Downtown Library. This event will fulfill event requirements for first-year seminar students. 

October 2017
October 1
"Unseen, Unknown, An Augmented Reality Exhibit Exploring West Virginia Sights and Stories, 2nd floor of the Downtown Library, October 1 through the end of the semester. As Hidden Figures shed light on the stories of West Virginian NASA scientists, this exhibit gives voice to West Virginia stories mostly unknown. Blending history, imagery, news and new media, a series of printed still images turn into moving videos with the swipe of a cell phone creating an interactive exhibit experience.  This exhibit is a collaboration between WVU Libraries, Reed College of Media, Department of History, and the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum with help from the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

October 3
Conversations with Curators, 4 p.m in the West Virginia and Regional History Center. Curator and assistant director Lori Hostuttler will highlight the archival materials documenting the first African American graduates of West Virginia University: Jack Hodge (first bachelor's degree graduate, 1954),  Annette Chandler Broome (first female bachelor's degree graduate, 1957), Victorine Louistall Monroe (first master’s degree graduate) and John Reuben Sheeler (first PhD. graduate) which are part of the current exhibit Flowing Outward and Beyond: WVU 1867-2017.For this free, informal afternoon tour and talk, Hostuttler will give an overview of the objects and brief historical context, their significance to University community and beyond, and discuss the role of the Archives in uncovering such hidden histories.The West Virginia and Regional History Center is located on the 6th floor of the WVU Downtown Library. 

 October 4, 11, 18, 25

"Hidden Figures in the Stars," a planetarium show with a Campus Read theme. WVU Planetarium PL Floor, White Hall. Two shows 7 p.m., repeating at 8 p.m. all nights. The show is free but because of limited seating, you must RSVPThis event will fulfill event requirements for first-year seminar students. 

October 9
Hidden Figures Women in STEAM Edit-a-Thon, 1 to 4 p.m., Milano Reading Room in the WVU Downtown Campus Library. Hidden Figures brings to light just a few of the women of color who worked at NASA during the Space Race, including West Virginia native and first African American woman to attend graduate school at WVU, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan, who grew up in Morgantown. There are hundreds of other notable women and women of color who are still mostly hidden to mainstream history, and Wikipedia isn’t immune. Just 16 percent of the articles are about women, and less than 10 percent of contributors are women. Participants in this edit-a-thon will highlight such women from Appalachia in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) by adding and editing articles to the globally edited online encyclopedia. Experience is not required; Kelly Doyle, Wikipedian-in-Residence for Gender Equity, will give brief instruction and assist throughout the event. A list of article topics will be available and participants can come in/out anytime during the four-hour period. This event will fulfill event requirements for first-year seminar students. 

October 21
Make a Difference Day, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet in the Milano Room of the Downtown Campus Library to breakfast before venturing out to discover Morgantown's hidden stories on this unique service learning project. Sign up on iServe and track your hours as you learn about the Appalachian Prison Book Project, Animal House Rescue, Bartlett House, and the Morgantown Public Library. This event will fulfill event requirements for first-year seminar students. 

October 24
"Hidden Sociologies: A Sociological Discussion on Hidden Figures," a panel discussion led by Daniel Brewster, instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at 6 p.m., G-20 Ming Hsieh Hall. Other participants include Dr. Mandy Sanchez, lecturer; Dr. Heather Washington, assistant professor,and Dr. Victoria Velding, visiting assistant professor  This event will fulfill event requirements for first-year seminar students. 

November 2017

November 6
"An Evening with the Space Gal" at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Emily Callendrelli, an interactive evening with the host of Xploration Outer Space on FOX and one of WVU's most distinguished young alumni. This event will fulfill event requirements for first-year seminar students.