The incoming School of Engineering and Applied Science first-year students and UVA Engineering faculty come together in small groups at the start of every year for the Common Reading Experience (CRE) to enjoy a lively discussion about a book selected by the CRE committee. Through the CRE, you will meet your fellow first-year students and will share professional and personal views and experiences, and discuss engineering careers and their connections and impacts to everyday life in the context of the selected reading.
This year the CRE committee has selected “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterley. While you may have seen the movie, the book is an interesting read and tells a very powerful history that few of us know about the Black mathematician women who worked for NASA beginning in the 1950s.
The book was number one on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list for six weeks in 2017 and received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction also in 2017.