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Brave New World Series: featuring Professor Peter Norton

About the Webinar

This webinar took place on June 18, 2020.

We live in a world in which the reputations of individuals, major institutions, and even countries are on the line and where the choices we make about how to treat our fellow human beings have huge consequences.  From the health and societal effects of COVID-19 to the worldwide protests for racial justice and police reform, the values of society are changing before our very eyes. The transportation landscape and the people who are helped or harmed by it are influenced by the choices we make. Using examples from literature and popular culture, Professor Peter Norton invites us to embrace a new perspective about the role of transportation in the world. He also asks us to see that we need communities that have been excluded to be included. Peter Norton has been a regular speaker at IBTTA’s Leadership Academy as well as the Technology Workshop. 

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About Peter

Peter Norton is associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where he teaches history of technology and professional ethics. He is the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press). His article “Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street,” published in Technology and Culture, won the Abbott Payson Usher Prize of the Society for the History of Technology. He has published work in transportation history and policy, traffic safety, and autonomous vehicles. He is a member of the University of Virginia’s Center for Transportation Studies. Peter is a winner of the HartfieldJefferson Scholars Teaching Prize and of the Trigon Engineering Society’s Hutchinson Award for dedication and excellence in teaching.