Monday, Dec 18, 2017 6:30p -
247 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Alcohol, Date Idea, Innovation, Lectures & Conferences, Tech, University
Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary!
This week's event is:
Black Inventors and Suffragists: How Women and African American Innovators Have Promoted Civil Rights
Dr. Kara W. Swanson, JD, PhD
Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Monday, December 18th, 6:30-8:30pm at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144)
Starting in the early 19th century and continuing to the present, African Americans and women have sought to count patents earned by their group and publicize inventors in order to prove their worthiness for full civil rights – the right to vote, to employment opportunities, and to educational opportunities. These campaigns show the high value Americans have placed on inventiveness as a key characteristic of United States citizens, originating in our founding of the world’s first modern patent system and a new type of democratic republic virtually simultaneously. In her talk, Dr. Swanson will describe how black inventors and women inventors are not just heroes to those from diverse backgrounds aspiring to careers in STEM, but have been repeatedly used as a political tool to argue for full civil rights for each of these groups.