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All In-Person Pratt Library Events Cancelled, Virtual Events Now Available

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, all Pratt Library locations are closed out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our customers. We will continue to update this page with more information as the situation evolves.

Virtual events are now available online! Browse our virtual events and attend online workshops, writers’ groups, and more from the comfort of your own home.

Brown Lecture Series: Dr. Mae Jemison

Astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator, Dr. Mae Jemison is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship®, a global initiative seed funded through a competitive grant from DARPA to ensure the capabilities for human travel to another star within the next 100 years while transforming life on Earth.

Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut and was the first woman of color in the world to go into space aboard a joint space shuttle mission with the Japanese space agency.  Trained as an engineer, social scientist and dancer, Jemison, a medical doctor, was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia. As a professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison focused on technologies designs for sustainability for both industrialized and developing nations.  She founded two technology companies and the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence which designs and implements STEM education experiences impacting thousands of students and hundreds of teachers worldwide.  She is member U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Fortune 500 companies’ boards, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  In September 2017 Jemison spearheaded Look Upä to connect people to space, Earth and each other.

This program is part of ongoing 2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative conversations at the Pratt Library.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program.

The Brown Lecture Series is supported by the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.

Re-opening activities are made possible in part by a generous gift from Sandra R. Berman.

Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Central Library, Central Hall
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Black History, Brown Lecture Series

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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Kate Englebrecht

Kate Englebrecht left a positive review 2/18/2020

Dr. Jemison gave an amazing speech. She linked the concepts of space exploration with humanities & civil rights. I especially liked how much she emphasized "who's involved makes the difference". This free to the public lecture was a once in a lifetime experience for my daughter and me to share. We both loved it. :)

Elaine Baxter

Elaine Baxter left a positive review 2/18/2020

A great night to have a opportunity to meet Dr Jemison . My thanks to Enoch Pratt

Shell Shell Hartley-Scott

Shell Shell Hartley-Scott left a positive review 2/18/2020

We really enjoyed the experience. Amazing night.

PS Gear

PS Gear left a positive review 2/18/2020

Absolutely wonderful experience, even from the overflow room!

Corlissa Little

Corlissa Little left a positive review 2/18/2020

My daughters were in awe. I found myself learning just as much as they were. It was such a great opportunity... prayerfully; more to come♥️

Kelly Mathieu

Kelly Mathieu left a positive review 2/18/2020

I brought my daughter who is an avid Dr. Mae Jemison fan. She's done projects learning about her accomplishments and is an aspiring astronomer and mathematician. Ms. Jemison was very empowering to all the girls and women in the room, knowledgeable, accomplished and also down to earth. We enjoyed our evening very much as well as having a short moment to meet her and have her sign her book. Would love to see more women in science in the future.


Tramelle left a positive review 2/18/2020

This was a lovely experience! Dr. Jemison's lecture was inspiring and clear. She is my daughter's idol and I'm so grateful this opportunity was available for us to meet this great woman. I look forward to attending more events and lectures. Also, the Central Library is beautiful, and your staff is kind and extremely helpful.

Thank you for the memories!

Ayana Bass

Ayana Bass left a positive review 2/18/2020

She is awesome!!! She was inspiring and motivational. She even signed my daughter's book and I got a picture! Thank you Enoch Pratt and Dr. Jemison

Jo Ann Jolivet

Jo Ann Jolivet left a positive review 2/18/2020

It was great. I was glad to see the large number of students.

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