WEBINAR: Immigration and Innovation: New Perspectives (November 1, 2, and 3)

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Type: 
Symposium
Date: 
November 1, 2021 to November 3, 2021
Location: 
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Business History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Law and Legal History

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

FREE Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immigration-and-innovation-new-perspectives-tickets-182920268447

Details: https://invention.si.edu/immigration-and-innovation-new-perspectives

 

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 nmahprograms@si.edu.

FREE Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/immigration-and-innovation-new-perspectives-tickets-182920268447

Contact Info: 

Laura Havel, Lemelson Center, havell@si.edu