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Michael Joy Explores ‘How the U.S. Constitution Helped Invent the Computer’ March 28

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SPOKANE, Wash. –  Michael Joy, lecturer in business management information systems at Gonzaga University, will present “How the U.S. Constitution Helped Invent the Computer: Many Sources of Inventor Inspiration,” in a free, public lecture at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 28 in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Club Room. The lecture is presented by the Greater Gonzaga Guild.

The lecture will trace the curious, complex and compelling links between seemingly unrelated events and inventions – and the genius that brings them together to produce something unexpected.

From the 13th century medieval industrial revolution, to the water wheel and the trip hammer, and even to the jacquard cloth pattern, Joy will explain the disparate elements and surprising connections that led to the development of today’s computer. It’s a fascinating story of interconnectedness.

A former U.S. Air Force officer, Joy has been teaching at Gonzaga since 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University, and a master of science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He teaches business computing, helping students learn to use available software to solve business problems.

The March 28 meeting starts with a social at 10 a.m., followed by the lecture and Q&A from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Parking is free in the lot immediately south of McCarthey Athletic Center (801 N. Cincinnati St.).

The Greater Gonzaga Guild lecture series is dedicated to raising awareness of Gonzaga’s scholarly and cultural contributions to the region. The Guild is open to all people interested in learning. For more information, contact Mary Joan Hahn at (509) 313-6095 or

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