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Why Technology?

Joel Tarr, February 2, 2009

4:30pm - Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall


Joel Tarr is Carnegie Mellon's Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy. Prof. Tarr received the 2008 Leonardo da Vinci Medal of the Society for the History of Technology for his outstanding contributions to the history of technology. He has never thought of himself as a historian of technology, and his surprise at receiving the award caused him to reflect back over his life to try to understand what influences shaped his interest in technology and its effects on the city and on the environment. In this lecture he will retrace some of these influences from growing up in the industrial city of Jersey City through the influences that Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh have had upon him since he joined the university in 1967.

The University Lecture Series is a partnership between the Office of the Vice Provost for Education and the Division of Student Affairs.  All lectures are free and open to the public.  All lectures are on Carnegie Mellon’s Oakland campus.



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