About Woman in Motion

In 1977, NASA struggled to recruit scientists, engineers, and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That's when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, challenged NASA by asking the question: "Where are my people?" Nichols then embarked on a four-month campaign to recruit the first Black, Latino, and Asian men and women to fly in space. [96 min; documentary; English]

A panel discussion will follow the screening. Moderated by Dr. Sima Setayeshgar (IU Physics), the panel will include Dr. Erin Flowers, Assistant Director of STEM Education at Princeton; Brooke Kimsey-Miller, doctoral candidate in Astronomy at IU; Marvin Jones, doctoral candidate in Astrophysics at IU; and Anika Goel, doctoral candidate in Astronomy at IU.

This screening of Woman in Motion is the kickoff to the 10th Annual Women & Technology Summit. Each year, the summit unites and empowers women, offering a multi-day event dedicated to nurturing personal and professional growth through impactful speakers, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and so much more. We invite everyone to join us for the film screening and the conference on the following Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, at the IMU. Please find more information here and don’t forget to register! All IU staff, students, and alumni and community members are welcome.

"It's a remarkable story, aspects of which have been told before, but not with the scope or depth that director Todd Thompson delivers here." — John Anderson,  Wall Street Journal

"Nichelle Nichols was much more than the beautiful Communications Officer on Star Trek. She was a groundbreaking liaison for NASA that changed the space program forever. Todd Thompson's doc is fascinatingly informative, yet inspiring." — Carla Renata, The Curvy Film Critic

"Earnest in its portrayal of Nichols' life and legacy, Woman in Motion is a documentary for lovers of Star Trek and science alike, but you don't have to be interested in either very deeply to be taken aback by the magnitude of this tale." — Nick Davie, One Room with a View

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