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Breaking The Code: A History Of Women In STEM


  • WHEN Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1 p.m.
  • WHERE Virtual
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Join AMERICAN EXPERIENCE for a discussion with author Jason Fagone and CODE-EQUAL co-founders Valeria and Kyara Torres-Olivares, moderated by professor Adriane Lentz-Smith on pioneering women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The event, produced in conjunction with the premiere of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE "The Codebreaker" on PBS, will include an excerpt from the film and a discussion amongst participants about Elizebeth Friedman’s groundbreaking accomplishments in cryptology, and how her legacy lives on today in groups dedicated to increasing opportunities for young women in STEM.

Jason Fagone - Journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, and author, “The Woman Who Smashed Codes.”

Valeria and Kyara Torres-Olivares - Co-founders of CODE-EQUAL—a non-profit that provides free computer science courses, workshops and tools that self-identifying girls and underrepresented minorities need to enter computer science fields and be successful. Both are alumnae of Kode with Klossy—a free coding camp for girls aged 13-18 founded by Karlie Kloss.

Adriane Lentz-Smith - Associate professor of history and African & African American studies at Duke University.

The event will be streamed live on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

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