DuSable Museum partners with Adler Planetarium for Hidden Figures Revealed

By Christopher Amati
Staff Writer
The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., is teaming up with the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., to present a three-day event celebrating the accomplishments of the women who are the subject of the movie Hidden Figures. Called “Hidden Figures Revealed,” the series of presentations and panel discussions will move beyond the history of the women portrayed in the film and examine how STEM- Science, technology, engineering and mathematics-classes can be made more accessible to women and people of color.
The movie Hidden Figures will be screened at the DuSable Museum on both Wednesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 23, at 11 a.m. On Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. there will be a moderated panel discussion featuring computer scientist and broadcast technologist Andrea Berry and several individuals prominent in the technology field. The cost is $20, $15 for DuSable and Adler members.  On Saturday, March 25, there will be two screenings for local young people at the Adler Planetarium at 10 a.m. and1:30 p.m. with post-film discussions featuring women in the sciences and members of the Adler’s Youth Leadership Council.
Also, on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. there will be science and engineering-themed activities throughout the planetarium.  Five stations will present the opportunity to build a 3-D city, make and fly a shooting star, design and build a rocket, create an astronaut or make a constellation that you can take home.  There will be additional engineering activities inspired by the movie from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. in Engineering for the Future and a play at 2 p.m. called Black Girls (Can) Fly about a young woman who must face her fears to achieve her dreams.  From 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. there with be a STEM Chat with women science and engineering professionals.  The events at Adler Planetarium are included with the cost of a regular admission.