Come join the MCC Book Club to read and discuss important texts of the day! Book Club meetings are hosted at each campus a few times each semester. Conversations are rich, allowing participants to share their insights with each other and walk away with a deeper meaning of the story. So consider taking a pause from all your studies to dialogue with fellow students, MCC employees and community members in a fun and supportive atmosphere!
Who Can Join?
Mesa Community College students, employees, and community members are invited to participate. There is no charge - except the cost of the book. Each campus will have a few copies to give away on a first-come first-serve basis, and the MCC Library also places copies of the book on Reserve.
Fall 2017 Book Club Selection: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space during Jim Crow-era America ...
|Before John Glenn orbited Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and entering the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives and their country’s future. (Book back cover)|
For more information including discussion guides, lesson plans, and background information, please see the MCC Library's Hidden Figures Book Club Resource Guide.
Courtesy of MCC Student Life, the Book Club will conclude with a free public screening of the film at each campus! See dates and times, below.
Choose your Book Club Location
- Thursday, September 14, 12:00 0 1:00 PM, LB300: Meet & Greet, handout questions for first half of the book.
- Thursday, October 12, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, LB300: Discuss first half of the book, handout questions for second half of the book.
- Thursday, November 9, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, LB300: Discuss second half of the book.
- Thursday, November 16, 2:30 PM, LB300: Film screening followed by audience discussion.
For more information, contact Sheila Afnan-Manns at email@example.com or 480-461-7251.
- Monday, September 18, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, DW226: Meet & Greet, handout questions for first half of the book.
- Monday, October 16, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, DW226: Discuss first half of the book, handout questions for second half of the book.
- Monday, November 13, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, DW226: Discuss second half of the book.
- Wednesday, November 15, 2:00 PM, S140: Film screening followed by audience discussion.
For more information, contact Marie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-654-7743.