CANCELLED - An Evening with Ainissa Ramirez & Mar Hicks

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Ainissa Ramirez & Mar Hicks

**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**

Ainissa Ramirez and Mar Hicks will discuss their respective books, The Alchemy of Us and Programmed Inequality. A Q&A and signing will follow the conversation.

At the Co-op

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About The Alchemy of UsIn The Alchemy of Us, scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions--clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips--and reveals how they shaped the human experience. Ramirez tells the stories of the woman who sold time, the inventor who inspired Edison, and the hotheaded undertaker whose invention pointed the way to the computer. Ramirez shows how materials were shaped by inventors, but also how those materials shaped culture, chronicling each invention and its consequences--intended and unintended. Filling in the gaps left by other books about technology, Ramirez showcases little-known inventors--particularly people of color and women--who had a significant impact but whose accomplishments have been hidden by mythmaking, bias, and convention. Doing so, she shows us the power of telling inclusive stories about technology.

About Programmed InequalityProgrammed Inequality describes how Britain lost its early dominance in computing by systematically discriminating against its most qualified workers: women. In 1944, Britain led the world in electronic computing. By 1974, the British computer industry was all but extinct. What happened in the intervening thirty years holds lessons for all postindustrial superpowers. As Britain struggled to use technology to retain its global power, the nation's inability to manage its technical labor force hobbled its transition into the information age.

About Ainissa Ramirez: Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science.  She co-authored Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game (Random House); and, authored Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books).

Before taking on the call to improve the public’s understanding of science, she was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale University.  Technology Review, the magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named her as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators for her contributions to transforming technology.  She has been profiled in The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, CBS News, Inside Edition, Fox News, CNN, NPR, ESPN, Time Magazine as well as scientific magazines (Scientific American and Discover Magazine).

About Mar Hicks: Mar Hicks is a historian of technology, gender, and modern Europe, and Associate Professor of History at Illinois Institute of Technology. They research how gender and sexuality change what we think we know about technological progress and the global "computer revolution."

Their last book, Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge In Computing, was published by MIT Press in January 2017. It won the PROSE Award for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the Association of American Publishers; The Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology; The Stansky Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies; the Wadsworth Prize from the British Business Archives Council; and the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize from the American Historical Association. 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637