** Dear H-Biography subscribers: Our webinar series will highlight several stories of historic and contemporary immigrant inventors, including Ashok Gadgil and Ayah Bdeir (Session 2).
Immigration and Innovation: New Perspectives
A three-day webinar series convened by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center
November 1, 2, and 3, 2021 | 1:00-2:30pm ET daily
Immigration has long been—and remains—a key driver of American innovation. From telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell (Scotland) to Zoom founder Eric Yuan (China), many of our most celebrated inventors and entrepreneurs were born elsewhere before developing successful technologies in the United States. In this three-day webinar series, we will explore the history, impact, and contemporary experiences of foreign-born inventors. Our speakers—including historians, economists, policymakers, and immigrant inventors—will examine the factors that have made the United States an attractive destination for aspiring inventors and the attitudes and mindsets that have driven their success. We will also consider how foreign-born inventors have been central to historic and contemporary policy debates concerning immigration, innovation, American competitiveness, and national security.
Monday November 1, 1:00-2:30pm ET
Session 1: HISTORY: IMMIGRANT INNOVATION in the UNITED STATES
Petra Moser, Professor of Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University
William R. Kerr, Professor, Entrepreneurial Management, Harvard Business School
Moderator: Arthur Daemmrich, Director, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History
Tuesday November 2, 1:00-2:30pm ET
Session 2: LIVED EXPERIENCES: IMMIGRANT INVENTORS at WORK
Ashok Gadgil, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Ayah Bdeir, inventor, entrepreneur, and activist
Moderator: Monica M. Smith, Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History
Virtual Tour of Immigrant Inventor Collections at NMAH
Joyce Bedi, Senior Historian, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History
Wednesday November 3, 1:00-2:30pm ET
Session 3: CURRENT DEBATES: INNOVATION, LAW, and POLICY
Ruth Wasem, Professor of Public Policy Practice, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Dany Bahar, Associate Professor, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Moderator: Margaret Salazar-Porzio, Curator of Latinx History and Culture, Division of Cultural and Community Life, National Museum of American History
Accessibility: The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. Real-time captioning (CART) will be provided for our online program. For other questions about accessibility, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immigration-and-innovation-new-perspectives-tickets-182920268447