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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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A public program series at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Innovative Lives fosters dialogue between the public and inventors. Part of the Lemelson Center’s vision of a more inventive world, Innovative Lives programs feature diverse inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs talking about their pioneering work and careers in an informal setting. Invited speakers share the stories behind their work, including key inspirations, their personal invention process, failures encountered, and pathways to success, all while framing a discussion around how the public can participate in technology change.

The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all abilities. Requests for accessibility services can be made by phone: 202/633-3150, or email: Two-week’s prior notice is preferred.

2018 Innovative Lives Series:

Doors at 6 p.m. – Program 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Reception 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Februrary 8, 2018

Innovative Lives: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar interviewed by Ray Fouche, Associate Professor and Director of American Studies at Purdue University.

*Innovative Lives: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is currently full. Registrants will be added to the waitlist and notified by email if space becomes available.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Innovative Lives: How Women Shaped the Alcohol Industry Emily Bruno and Julie Verratti, Denizens Brewery, Carol Stoudt, Stoudt Brewery, and Meredith Grelli, Wigle Whiskey interviewed by Leslie Przybylek of the Heinz History Center.

*This program is presented in partnership with Evenings at American History: After Hours. Tickets are $40 and include entry to the panel discussion, food and drink, and other After Hours related activities. To purchase Click Here.*

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Innovative Lives: Andy Hildebrand, inventor of Auto-Tune, interviewed by sound studies historian Dr. Trevor Pinch.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Innovative Lives: The Genius of Play

Vikas Gupta of Wonder Workshop, Molly James of Kent Place School, James McLurkin of Google, Jeri Robinson of the Boston Children's Museum, moderated by Monica Smith, Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation for the Lemelson Center.

*For this program, doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Innovative Lives: Susan Kare, Apple icon graphic designer interviewed by Lemelson Center historian, Dr. Eric S. Hintz.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Innovative Lives: Pioneers of Esports, Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, co-founders of Riot Games and co-creators of League of Legends, moderated by sports radio personality Bram Weinstein. This program is presented in collaboration with SportTechie.

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