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Breaking the Code: A history of women in STEM

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’s 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.

Featured guests include:

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.

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