Chancellor’s Community Breakfast

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM


General Admission

Chancellor Henry T. Yang and the UCSB Affiliates invite you to join for breakfast and conversation with Dr. W. Patrick McCray, featuring an engaging presentation entitled Innovation’s Shadow.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
El Paseo Restaurant

Innovation’s Shadow
Revolutions – technological, political or otherwise – are messy. But regardless of place or time, economists and historians often view industrial revolutions through the lens of innovation. But if we leave innovation’s shadow, we discover new insights into the nature of invention and innovation. These histories show Industrial Revolutions to be about much more than just innovation and progress. Rather, we see how technology itself was – and remains – a work in progress.

W. Patrick McCray is a professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally trained as a scientist, McCray’s most recent book (2013) is The Visioneers: How an Elite Group of Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future. This won the Watson and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society as the “best book written for a general audience” as well as the Eugene M. Emme Award from the American Astronautical Society. Besides authoring three other books about the history of science and technology, he also recently co-edited a collection of essays called Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and the American Counterculture which the University of Chicago published in 2016.



Free to UCSB Affiliate Members and Chancellor Council Members
$25 for non-members

Hot buffet breakfast included in price.

Please RSVP to Percy Sales at or 805-893-8260

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