Joel Tarr, Carnegie Mellon's Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy, 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 his Journeys Lecture, he retraces 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.
"Journeys" are special University Lectures in which Carnegie Mellon faculty members and special guests share their reflections on their journeys -- the everyday actions, decisions, challenges and joys that make a life. For more information on this and other lectures, visit www.cmu.edu/uls/journeys