All January lectures are from 10:00 - 11:00 AM and are held in the Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in Room A on the First Floor.


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THURSDAY January 31, 2019—Liza Mundy

Code Girls

Nearly 10,000 young women cracked the codes of Germany, land and sea, during World War II. Sworn to secrecy, their exploits were nearly lost to history as they kept their vows for decades. They conducted the meticulous work of code breaking, about 200 of them working across from the main American University campus. Their contributions to cryptanalysis helped secure the Allied victory in an extraordinary study of courage, service, and scientific accomplishment. 

Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II, and also The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. She is a former reporter at The Washington Post and has written for The Atlantic, TIME, the New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones, and the Guardian, among many other publications.