"Elevator Shafts and Rocket Sleds," Fashion Institute of Technology, April 8, 2014

I'm really looking forward to discussing my paper, "Elevator Shafts and Rocket Sleds, or How the Military-Academic-Industrial Complex Built Ralph Nader's Ammunition," at the NYC Market Cultures group at 6 PM on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The discussion will take place at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Thanks to the Market Cultures gang for inviting and hosting me. I've copied the details below. Please come!

  Col. John Stapp takes a lot of G's on one of his rocket sleds.

Col. John Stapp takes a lot of G's on one of his rocket sleds.

Tuesday, April 8, 6pm

LEE VINSEL, Stevens Institute of Technology: "Elevator Shafts and Rocket Sleds, or How the Military-Academic-Industrial Complex Built Ralph Nader's Ammunition."

Military doctors strapped themselves to rocket sleds, which sped at 600 miles per hour through deserts of the US Southwest. Professors in Detroit dropped cadavers down elevators and smashed hammers on drugged dogs' skulls. And the knowledge they produced was used to found a consumer safety revolution.

Seminar at Fashion Institute of Technology, eighth floor alcove, Dubinsky Building. Enter at the FIT Feldman (C) Lobby on the north side of 27th Street, halfway between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Someone will escort you to the room.

Please email bea_saludo@fitnyc.edu to RSVP and receive a precirculated draft of the paper.  Please read the paper before attending the seminar.

   Stapp flies through the desert on one of the Sonic Wind Rocket Sleds.

Stapp flies through the desert on one of the Sonic Wind Rocket Sleds.