Tinted Lens: Hidden Figures

Tuesday 21 March


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Tinted Lens: Hidden Figures

The screening of Hidden Figures on Tue 21 March will be followed by an expert panel discussion and audience debate to explore some of the themes raised by this film. The panel will explore philosophical, neuroscience and the social and cultural perspectives on concrete mathematics, cosmic dust, complex material behaviour and being a woman in science.

This is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, an achievement that restored the nation's confidence and turned around the Space Race. The visionary African American trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

A collaboration between Chapter, Film Hub Wales and Cardiff University, this programme of events curated by Dr Katie Featherstone will explore contemporary social and cultural developments and the ideas found within new-release, cult and classic film, with a focus on understandings of the mind, human behaviour, memory, the life-course, and ageing.

This Tinted Lens discussion is free but ticketed. Please note: a separate ticket is required for the film screening, for which regular cinema prices apply.


Haley Gomez, School of Physics and Astronomy, will draw on her work on understanding the formation and evolution of cosmic dust and will also discuss being a woman working in Astronomy (as a member of Women in SET).

Matthew Lettington, School of Mathematics, is a number theorist and will talk about concrete mathematics, which played a key role in obtaining the calculations required to get John Glenn into space and back safely, and the challenge of accurately computing the continuous discretely.

Hayley Wyatt is a researcher within the School of Engineering and previously worked within the School of Maths. She will talk about her research in the field of medical engineering, including the design of surgical devices and implants, and complex material behaviour and being a woman in science.

For further details or to be added to the Tinted Lens mailing list contact Katie: Featherstonek@cardiff.ac.uk

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