Immigration and Innovation: New Perspectives
In this three-day webinar series, we will explore the history, impact, and contemporary experiences of foreign-born inventors in America.
Immigration has long been—and remains—a key driver of American innovation. From telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell (Scotland) to Zoom founder Eric Yuan (China), many of our most celebrated inventors and entrepreneurs were born elsewhere before developing successful technologies in the United States. In this three-day webinar series, we will explore the history, impact, and contemporary experiences of foreign-born inventors. Our speakers—including historians, economists, policymakers, and immigrant inventors—will examine the factors that have made the United States an attractive destination for aspiring inventors and the attitudes and mindsets that have driven their success. We will also consider how foreign-born inventors have been central to historic and contemporary policy debates concerning immigration, innovation, American competitiveness, and national security.
The online symposium will convene daily from 1:00-2:30pm ET. Each 90-minute session will begin with a moderator’s introduction, followed by two 20-minute presentations and audience Q&A.