Mudd Talks– “Making a Makerspace,” Jeff Groves

January 28, 2021 Add to Calendar

5–6 p.m.



Over the last two decades, makerspaces have become standard facilities at institutions with engineering and arts programs. Harvey Mudd College has always had a strong “maker culture” in its student body, and it has supported some small facilities devoted to student making, but it hasn’t created substantial space for its maker culture—until now!

This spring, with the opening of the McGregor Computer Science Center, the new HMC makerspace will be an exciting new place to develop maker culture and will host programming for students beginning in late August. The makerspace will occupy most of the ground floor of the McGregor Center, and it is poised to become a hub of student creativity. In this talk, Groves, the inaugural director of the makerspace, will discuss the history of makerspaces, the development of HMC’s new facility, and the challenges and opportunities of creating such a facility. The presentation will include plenty of images to show off this vibrant, new space.

This event is open to everyone. Students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and prospective students are welcome to join.

Jeff Groves, Louisa and Robert Miller Professor of Humanities, joined the faculty in 1988, and he has held numerous leadership positions, including serving as dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs from 2012 to 2017. He has taught a wide variety of courses, several of them featuring “making” as a central component. As the founder of The First-Floor Press, a letterpress studio at The Claremont Colleges Library, Groves teaches students to print on 19th-century iron hand-presses every semester. His scholarship explores the 19th-century American publishing trade, and he is a contributor to and co-editor of Perspectives on American Book History (2002) and A History of the Book in America, Volume 3: The Industrial Book, 1840–1880 (2007).

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