Hidden Figures: COMmon Read 2017-2018
August 2017 - May 2018
Welcome to our second COMmon Read! Last year, we read the book Becoming Dr. Q, and this year we'll read Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. With this shared reading program, we are encouraging the entire COM community to join together to read and discuss a book in common. We hope to foster a greater sense of community through a shared academic and social experience; encourage an exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff; increase awareness of academic, cultural, and social issues; and promote various disciplines across campuses.
During this academic year, some faculty members will be using Hidden Figures or parts of it in their class reading assignments and activities. We will have book clubs and a variety of public events that tie into it as well.
We chose Hidden Figures for our second COMmon Read because it is an inspiring story that celebrates the role of intellect, determination, and unity in overcoming sexism and racism. This story can be approached from many perspectives in such disciplines as women's studies, ethnic studies, math, engineering, technology, history, and sociology. We believe the story will greatly resonate with students, faculty, and staff. This story also illustrates the importance of family, education, mentors, and the power of everyday acts of resistance.