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Daniels Fund Program: Innovation, Opportunity, and Other Fine Promises
February 11, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pmFree
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division
Daniels Fund Program
Innovation, Opportunity, and Other Fine Promises:
What “STEM Diversity” Means and Can Mean in 2019
by Dr. Amy E. Slaton
As many Silicon Valley leaders, AI entrepreneurs, and other authoritative voices in the tech sector today promise a stronger economy and better lives for Americans through high-tech innovation, a strong message of inclusion and diversity often shares the stage. We are told that wherever STEM talent is to be found, corporate America will find it, thus bringing long-excluded creative women, people of color, disabled people, and people of LGBTQI identities into the inventive fold. It may sound new, but the idea that innovative R&D and inclusion go together is actually generations-old at this point. What has made this promise so compelling, for so long in the United States? And can the 2019 version do any more to correct the nation’s inequities than have those older, and obviously, less than successful, invocations?
Dr. Amy E. Slaton is a professor of history at Drexel University. She holds a PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the history of technical expertise and work, seen through the lens of historical ideas of human difference.
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