Taming The American Car at The Broadberry

Wednesday, 14 March, 2018


Explore the intersection of science, history and culture wit...
Science Pub RVA and VCU's Science, Technology, and Society Program.

Taming The American Car
Dr. Lee Vinsel, Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech, will share stories about innovation in the face of constraints, competition, and working for the common good.

This program will be filmed. By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize the Community Idea Stations and Virginia Commonwealth University to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.

Click here to register While registration is required it does not guarantee seating. Room for 120 curious minds.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Broadberry at 2729 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
5:45  Doors Open 
7:00  25-minute talk
7:20 to 8:00 Q&A Discussion

Lee Vinsel, PhD
Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech

Dr. Vinsel grew up among abandoned steel mills in the rust belt town of Joliet, Illinois. The mascot of his high school was “The Steelman” — the name given to a statue originally titled "Science Advancing Mankind," which had been built for the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. When in High School he watched the movie Clueless (Paramount Films) and thought, “who’s this Nietzsche guy?” that one of the film’s characters was reading poolside during a memorable scene. That question ignited his mind and led him to earn a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Illinois. He then went on to earn M.S. and PhD degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, where most of his work was supported through a National Science Foundation funded by Carnegie Mellon’s Climate Decision Making Center. While teaching at Stevens Institute of Technology, he co-founded a global research network called The Maintainers, which is dedicated to the study of maintenance, repair, upkeep, and ordinary work with technology. (Read the first essay on this topic here on Aeon, "Hail the Maintainers".)

This Science Pub RVA program sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan, with additional support from The National Science Foundation (grant #1611953), individual gifts of attendees such as yourself, and our venue host The Broadberry who invite you to learn about hosting your special event in their rocking space.




The Broadberry
2729 W Broad St,
Richmond, VA 23220
United States

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