Nov 12, 06:38 AM
What it Means to be American: What Does American Ingenuity Look Like?, 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award Winners discussion, National Museum of American History, November 13th, Washington DC
National Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets NW – Washington DC
November 13th at 5:30pm
Human beings are perpetually brainstorming better ways to build a mousetrap. But there is something particularly American about celebrating ingenuity. We transform our inventors—from Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell to Steve Jobs—into celebrities. What are the characteristics that define American ingenuity? How has this country inspired generations of creators and innovators? “Winners of the 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards”—Alan Stern, principal investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission, Zoe Crosher, co-curator of The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, and Francoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, discuss America’s peculiar mix of creativity and pragmatism.