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After Innovation: Maintenance, Care, and Our American Dreams

August 9, 2018, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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The speaker

Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech. He earned his PhD in History and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University before working for five years as a professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the social dimensions of technological continuity and change, with particular focus on how government influences technology. His first book manuscript, which is currently under review at an academic press, examines the history of automobile regulation in the United States from 1893 to the present to track how government action has shaped technological change over time. In 2015, Vinsel co-founded The Maintainers, a global, interdisciplinary research network that focuses on the maintenance, repair, and upkeep of technologies, rather than on traditional topics like invention and innovation. He earned a BA in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana champaign and an MS in History and Policy from the Carnegie Mellon University.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required.

If you are unable to attend the lecture in person, you can watch a live broadcast from the Library’s Facebook page or via livestream.com.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.


August 9, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Eric Ward


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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