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Fridays at Noon with Eric Hintz

Rethinking Invention and Inventors in the 21st Century

Afternoon Members-Only Program

Friday, February 11, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
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Top: Eric Hintz; Bottom: Roberta Gasbarre (Photo: Amanda Corbett)

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Discover Fridays at Noon

Mark Fridays at Noon on your calendar to savor the liveliest and most interesting conversation you’ll hear all week. Designed exclusively for Smithsonian Associates members, this monthly video podcast series invites you to go behind the scenes and into the working lives of some of the most intriguing people from all across the Smithsonian and Washington’s worlds of culture, science, and education.

This Month's Featured Guest

February 11 is National Inventors’ Day, and to mark the occasion, Roberta’s guest is historian Eric Hintz of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Drawing on his book, American Inventors in an Era of Corporate R&D, he dives into the challenges facing what we think of as the iconic American inventor—a solo, innovative mind that creates alone or with a small group of passionate followers.

In the process, he considers some provocative topics: How does that traditional profile of the inventor square with today’s world of corporations and teams of market-driven creators? How might the American patent system aid in the viability of invention? And in what ways are women and African American inventors able to use the patent system to both profit from their creations and bolster their arguments for equal rights?

Meet the Host

Led by Roberta Gasbarre, a multifaceted veteran arts educator and creator (and conversationalist extraordinaire), each informal 30-minute chat offers the perfect break to brighten your Friday and send you into the weekend with new insights from an array of engaging and thought-provoking guests.

“I love talking to people who are passionate about what they do, no matter the disciplines in which they work. It’s exciting to learn what makes them tick, where they find inspiration, and—especially now—how they remain innovative and imaginative when there’s a challenge to face. I always come away with something new and fascinating to spark my own thinking.” —Roberta Gasbarre

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