Hidden Figures


Watch a screening of ‘Hidden Figures’ and join an expert panel of University of Chicago female physicists and astrophysicists who will explore the contributions of women of color in science and the current and historical challenges they experience. 

$5 admission at the door. Open to the public

Hidden Figures film information

Film running time: 127 minutes

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Panel Discussion

The following speakers will discuss the film and answer audience questions after the screening:

rogers-leslie-sm.jpgLeslie Rogers, PhD (Moderator)

Assistant Professor,
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Chicago

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YKKim_Science_Screen-sm.jpgYoung Kee Kim, PhD

Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor 
Chair, The Department of Physics
The Enrico Fermi Institute
University of Chicago

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bryant-andrea_ScienceScreen-sm.jpgAndrea Bryant

Graduate Student,
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago

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avetsruz-c_ver_ScienceScreen-sm.jpgCamille Avestruz, PhD

Fellow, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
The University of Chicago

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Program Sponsors

Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories provides guidance, central administrative support and resources to UChicago researchers in their pursuit of new knowledge. Our office also oversees one of the world’s preeminent research networks through direct oversight of Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Marine Biological Laboratory and the University’s founding-partner relationship with the Giant Magellan Telescope project.

Doc Films

Doc Films, the country's oldest film society, screens films every day of the academic year. In addition to regular screenings, Doc hosts a variety of special events, such as conversations with directors, faculty members, critics or other experts. For their film schedule and more information, visit the website: 


Women in Graduate Science

The Women in Graduate Science come together at least once a quarter across departments for social programs and professional development; the group includings graduate students from the Physical Sciences Division and the Institute for Molecular Engineering.

Association of Women in Mathematics

We aim to encourage and support women in the specific discipline of mathematics. In particular, we would like to bring together women undergraduates, graduates and members of faculty in the mathematics department, to provide mutual support and to increase the visibility of women in mathematics. Some planned activities of our organization include having speakers, either from the U of C community or elsewhere, to discuss issues relating to women in math, running a mentoring program for women in math, and providing online resources for women in math.

Neighborhood Schools Program

The Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) is one of the UChicago’s longest-standing community outreach programs. Founded in 1976 as a way for the University to connect to local schools, NSP has grown to partner with 50 schools and community sites and engages more than 400 University student volunteers and employees. This includes Maroon Tutor Match, which provides one-on-one tutoring to students who attend NSP schools and free tutoring in community spaces for students who live on the mid-South Side.