Matthew Wisnioski: Does America Need More Innovators?

April 16, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
MIT Press Bookstore
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MIT Press Bookstore

Please join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming historian Matthew Wisnioski to discuss his book, Does America Need More Innovators?

Does America Need More Innovators?–co-edited with Eric S. Hintz and Marie Stettler Kleine–is a critical exploration of today’s global imperative to innovate, by champions, critics, and reformers of innovation.

Corporate executives, politicians, and school board leaders agree—Americans must innovate. But critics have begun to question the unceasing promotion of innovation, pointing out its gadget-centric shallowness, the lack of diversity among innovators, and the unequal distribution of innovation’s burdens and rewards. This book offers an overdue critical exploration of today’s global imperative to innovate by bringing together innovation’s champions, critics, and reformers in conversation.


Matthew Wisnioski is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society  at Virginia Tech and the author of Engineers for Change: Competing Visions of Technology in 1960s America (MIT Press). Dr. Wisnioski studies the interplay between expertise and imagination in science, technology, and innovation.

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