Is there any technology that we love more than our automobiles? In a 30-minute talk and 30-minute Q&A discussion, hear Lee Vinsel’s take on Taming The American Car; the rules of the road that fueled innovation in the face of competition, constraints, and working for the common good. Photos here and video below.This Science Pub RVA program was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Joel Dugan, with additional support from The National Science Foundation (grant #1611953), individuals who kicked something into the beaker.
Taming The American Car with Lee Vinsel, PhD
a Science Pub RVA program held March 14, 2018
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”.)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Broadberry at 2729 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
5:45 Doors Open
7:00 Dr. Vinsel’s car talk
7:30 to 8:00 Q&A Discussion
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.
ANSWERS TO A FEW FAQs
Are these events for scientists?
Quite the opposite. Science Pubs are specifically created for non-scientists.
How do I get there?
Public transit is always a good idea. Click here to plan your GRTC trip Insist on driving? Consider carpooling, click here for a map, look for one of the 15 spots marked for The Broadberry in the lot adjacent to the Exxon, or park in the Children’s Museum lot across the street.
Do I have to be 21?
All curious minds 18 and over are welcome at this month’s venue.
Will there be food?
Yes! The Broadberry would love to serve you something tasty in addition to quenching your thirst. While purchasing food and drink is optional, you might not want to pass up their tacos, burgers, and other fab fare.
What time should I arrive?
Anytime between 5:45 and 7:00 pm, when Dr. Vinsel will have the mic. In anticipation of a full house, we recommend arriving by 6:30 pm. Click here to register Registration required. Seating not guaranteed. Room for 120 curious minds.
I don’t drink alcohol; do you ever have any non-pub events?
You won’t be the only one not drinking a pint! Pub is in our name; but sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, and less about whatever liquids are in hand.
How much is it?
Attend for free or donate what you can. $5 suggested per person — Look for the beaker on the welcome table.