National Academy of Engineering Regional Meeting and Symposium

March 21, 2018
11:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Anticipating the Future: Historical Narratives, Imagination, and Innovation

“Anticipating the Future: Historical Narratives, Imagination, and Innovation” will explore tools and methods drawn from history that can help us generate more-inclusive conversations about technologies of today and tomorrow. While new and emerging innovations in science and technology often appear to present unique and novel social, ethical, and political challenges, many of these challenges have historical precedents. Here we explore avenues for engagement and reflection that can enable discussion, deliberation, and decision making between those inside and outside the lab.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: NAE Business Meeting

1:00 p.m.: Registration Opens

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Docent Tours of the Institute’s Collections

2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Public Symposium

Welcome: Robert G. W. Anderson, President and CEO, Science History Institute, and Dr. C. D. Mote Jr., President, NAE

California Dreaming: Technologies, Imagination, and Place in the Making of Scientific California: Roger Turner and Roger Eardley-Pryor, Research Fellows, Science History Institute

Technical Problems as Social Problems: Industrial Legacy and Communities in the Future: Britt Dahlberg, Director, Center for Applied History, Science History Institute

Humanities-Engineering Collaborations in Pursuit of Cleaner Air: Nicholas Shapiro, Research Fellow, Science History Institute

Closing Remarks—Anticipating the Future by Imagining and Building It: Jody A. Roberts, Director, Institute for Research, Science History Institute

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: Closing Reception and Docent Tours of Collections

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