• The Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


  1. Water: Access, Supply, and Sustainability

    October 27, 7:00 pm - October 29, 8:30 pm
  2. How Do I Become a Rocket Scientist?

    November 20, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  3. Kansas City Invention Convention

    April 17, 2021, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ellan Spero

(Residential Fellow, 2020-21)
Ellan Spero

Ellan Spero

Residential Fellow

From Waste to Resource: Narratives of Progress and Abundance in 20th Century Materials Transitions

Ellan Spero is historian of science and technology, and social entrepreneur, co-founder and chief curriculum officer of Station1, a nonprofit organization focused on socially-directed science and technology, and instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Drawing on a multidisciplinary background in science, design, and history, her teaching and research address the ways that people envision human progress, through the institutions, things, and narratives that they create.

Spero holds a PhD from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society, a BS and MS from Cornell University in Fiber Science and Apparel Design, and MA from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Museum Studies and Textile Conservation.