Lecture series features Duchess Harris and Judy Freund

April 7, 2017--The Ann Lydecker Lecture Series is back at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with two talks set for next week.

Duchess Harris, co-author of "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA," will speak about the work of her grandmother, Miriam D. Mann, and the other "Black Human Computers" who were recently highlighted in the film "Hidden Figures."

Harris' lecture is free and open to the public on Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in North Hall auditorium. In conjunction with the lecture, The Falls Theatre in River Falls will hold a free community viewing of the film "Hidden Figures" on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.

Harris is an American studies professor at Macalester College and co-wrote the book with Sue Bradford Edwards detailing how black women in the 1950s made critical contributions to NASA.

A second event in the Lydecker Series features Judy Freund, a member of Sustain Hudson, will speak about her work with sustainability through her talk "Think Global, Act Local" on how we can all build social capital in our communities. Freund's talk is Thursday, April 20, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Lydecker Learning Center in the Ames Suites on campus. It is free and open to the public.

Sustain Hudson is taking action to challenge local institutions and community members to adopt and implement sustainable policies and practices that promote economic vitality, environmental integrity and community wide well-being.

The Ann Lydecker Lecture Series was created in the memory of the late UWRF Chancellor and features a speaker on the issues facing women leaders in many contexts both in academia and beyond. The series is made possible by Bill Lydecker, Ann's husband, through the Ann Lydecker Lecture Series Fund of the UWRF Foundation.

For more information about the lectures, call Kathleen Hunzer at 715-425-3304 or email

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