Pursuing the Extraordinary: An Evening with Mae Jemison

Mae C. Jemison portrait.

In 1992, Mae C. Jemison became the first woman of color to travel into space and NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist.
In 1992, Mae C. Jemison became the first woman of color to travel into space and NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist.

From: Student Affairs

As part of the Women’s Center 25th Anniversary Celebration, faculty, staff, students, and Blacksburg community members are invited to Pursuing the Extraordinary: An Evening with Mae Jemison on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center. 

Dr. Mae C. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space. She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science, and human adaptation to weightlessness. Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology, education, STEM, and motivation.

The event is free. No tickets are required for general admission seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Elizabeth A. "Betsy" Flanagan Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Endowed Lecture Fund, Virginia Tech Student Affairs, I WILL Council, and I WILL Institute in celebration of the Women’s Center 25th Anniversary.