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Makers: Women in Space

September 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Makers: Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. The hour ends with the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts—the new group of pioneers, like Marleen Martinez and Dava Newman, who continue to make small but significant steps forward.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

Dr. Laura Whyte, Adler Planetarium, Zooniverse
Dr. Laura Trouille, Northwestern Univ.
Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, Princeton Univ., TED Senior Fellow
Moderator: Brandis Friedman, Correspondent, Chicago Tonight/WTTW

Community Cinema Chicago
WTTW & ITVS present Community Cinema Chicago in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This season, Community Cinema celebrates 10 years of uniting people through independent film. Available in more than 75 cities nationwide, Community Cinema presents free screenings and discussions around the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens. By igniting conversations around issues that affect us all, Community Cinema creates real and lasting change — both at home and around the world.
Community Cinema Chicago hosts events monthly September through May at the Chicago Cultural Center – in the Claudia Cassidy Theater on the 2nd floor.
For more information, contact: Naomi_Walker@itvs.org
Naomi Walker, ITVS National Engagement Consultant (Chicago)

Makers: Women in Space airs October 14th on PBS

Presented by: Community Cinema Chicago, WTTW Channel 11 in partnership with Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Foundation for Women and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology.


September 20, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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