CMIST Scientists & Strategists Speaker Series: Kate Zernike

April 23, 2024

5:00 p.m. ET

Simmons Auditorium B, Tepper School of Business

About our event: Join CMIST as they welcome renowned journalist Kate Zernike for a discussion of her captivating book, The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins and the Fight for Women in Science. Zernike will explore the true story of Dr. Nancy Hopkins, a brilliant scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who led a group of 16 female faculty members in collective action that ultimately resulted in MIT’s historic admission of discrimination against women in the male-dominated field of science. The Exceptions chronicles the groundbreaking scientific achievements of these women and their courageous fight for equal opportunity.

About our speaker: Kate Zernike has been a reporter for The New York Times since 2000. She was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for stories about al-Qaeda before and after the 9/11 terror attacks. She was previously a reporter for The Boston Globe, where she broke the story of MIT’s admission that it had discriminated against women on its faculty, on which The Exceptions is based. She is also the author of a previous book, Boiling Mad: Behind the Lines in Tea Party America, published in 2010. The daughter and granddaughter of scientists, she is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and sons.

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