Computer pioneer Steve Wozniak will share his insight and discuss the importance of creativity and innovation during a visit to the “American Ingenuity: Embracing the Freedom to Dream” program series this fall at Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center.

The series explores those past and present who have made their mark through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. Wozniak will talk about his experience in helping to create Apple during an evening presentation Friday, Nov. 12 at Macomb. 

“Wozniak is a prime example of the spirit of American Ingenuity that we are celebrating with this series,” said Linda Wells, vice president of student and community relations at Macomb. “We are anxious to hear him and our many other presenters talk about the key role creativity and entrepreneurship has played in their lives and looking how that activity has ultimately helped to define our nation.”

The work of inventors Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Buckminster Fuller, Stanford Ovshinsky and a host of lesser known individuals will be examined through a series of presentations. American Ingenuity runs from Sept. 25 through Nov. 21 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, M-59 and Garfield, in Clinton Township. The exhibits are free, and there is no charge for the majority of the presentations, though advance registration is required.

The exhibits on display will include Kites to Kitty Hawk, which chronicles the kites and their inventors in the movement toward the goal of man-powered flight, and Yesterday’s Tomorrows, from the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Program, which showcases how Americans of the late 19th and early 20th centuries envisioned the future.

The series will also include a special luncheon panel discussion on Accelerating Southeast Michigan’s Economy: Embracing Innovation and Change. The Nov. 4 luncheon will benefit the Macomb Presidential Scholarship.

A number of presentations will focus on great inventors of the past and present, including programs on A Day in Thomas Edison’s Lab, Oct. 6; Inventing Michigan: Inventors Known and Unknown, Oct. 20; Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House: Invention and Innovation, Oct. 21; Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla: Inventors in Conflict, Oct. 23; and Stanford Ovshinsky: Sparking a Revolution, Nov. 10.

Highlights some of the other presentations include:

* Sept. 15: WWJ anchor Joe Donovan, who will talk about 90 years of innovation and change at the radio station.
* Sept. 29: Author and frequent guest on CNBC and MSNBC Scott Berkun looks at the “myths” of innovations.
* Oct. 2: Frederick Allen, leadership editor for Forbes magazine and vice president for selection of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, on America: Land of Invention.
* Nov. 5: Deanne Bell, featured on Discovery Channel’s Smash Lab, shares her journey in becoming an engineer and woman in science and will give the audience opportunities to come up with their own wacky solutions to some of the challenges faced on Smash Lab.
* Nov. 20: The Thanksgiving RoboParade, organized by Lawrence Technological University and featuring robots made by area elementary, middle and high school students.

Tickets are required for the Nov. 12 Steve Wozniak presentation, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for each event are $15, or $5 for seniors, students, and military personnel. Tickets to the presentation that include a meet & greet opportunity at 5:30 p.m. are $30.

Tickets for the Nov. 4 luncheon, Accelerating Southeast Michigan’s Economy: Embracing Innovation and Change, are $50.

To purchase tickets for these events, call (586) 286-2222 or visit

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Additional information on the center and on the American Ingenuity program series is available at

Group visits are welcome during the series and may be arranged by calling (586) 445-7348.

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  1. lois bensch says:

    Too soon old, too late smart………..

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