Well before the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures hit theaters nationwide in December 2016, Duchess Harris, a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) and Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College, was busy unearthing the stories of African American women who worked at NASA from 1943 to 1970. One of these women was Miriam Daniel Mann, Harris’s grandmother. >> Read the article!
San Diego County News' Judith Cochran interviews Professor Duchess Harris, author of the 2016 book, "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA." Harris is the granddaughter of Miriam Mann, a mathematician who worked at NASA. Harris spoke at the San Diego Central Public Library as part of its Black History Month and Women's History Month programs.
The contributions of the black women of NASA's space program were hidden no more after the movie, "Hidden Figures," documenting the lives of three of the women came out last year. But there were more than three black women who worked on the math which helped get astronaut John Glenn into orbit. >> Read the article!
Concluding Saturday’s talk at San Diego Central Library, historian Duchess Harris sounded wistful. “My family story is, hopefully, everyone’s story,” said Harris, professor and chair of American studies at Minnesota’s Macalester College. >> Read the article!
The story of NASA’S human supercomputers that was brought to the big screen in the 2016 breakout film "Hidden Figures" was inspired by the real-life black women mathematicians that helped launch rockets into space. On Saturday, the granddaughter of one of those mathematicians, Duchess Harris, was in San Diego to share the story of these now legendary, but once unknown women as told through her book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. >> Read the article!
The hit movie “Hidden Figures” tells the story of the brilliant African-American women who helped NASA launch one of their greatest missions in history. Duchess Harris, the granddaughter of one of those famous mathematicians, has published a new book called “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA.” Harris visited Good Morning San Diego to talk about her book and her grandmother’s legacy. >> Watch the clip now
Professor Duchess Harris of Macalester talks about her recently-published book Race and Policing. What are the underlying historical factors that lead to tension and confrontation between police and minority communities?