A photo of Martha Graham dancing
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Yousuf Karsh, Martha Graham, 1948 © Yousuf Karsh, Gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh. National Portrait Gallery

Innovative Lives: Merry Lynn Morris

Innovative Lives: Merry Lynn Morris
Merry Lynn Morris, MFA, PhD is a choreographer and dance educator, serving as the Assistant Director for the University of South Florida Dance Program and as a faculty member for twenty years. She holds an MFA degree in Dance Performance and Choreography and a PhD in Dance Studies. Dr. Morris began exploring the area of integrated/inclusive dance in 2002, and has a personal interest and long-term awareness of needs of people with disabilities which began with her experience caring for her father who had a disability. She has developed collaborative projects with engineers to invent new mobility devices for use in and outside of dance. Dr. Morris serves on the board for Arts4All Florida, a statewide arts and disability organization and teaches for REVolutions Dance, an inclusive dance program in Florida. Her publications include five U.S. Patents and over 25 print publications.

Innovative Lives programs bring audiences of all ages and backgrounds face-to-face with inventors and innovation leaders. Invited speakers share the stories behind their breakthroughs, their process of developing ideas and technologies, and how they deal with failure and find pathways to success, all while framing a discussion around how to participate in innovation.

The program will be followed by a reception and invention challenges in the museum’s Draper Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention space for kids of all ages.

The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all abilities. Requests for accessibility services can be made by phone: 202/633-3150, or email: nmahprograms@si.edu. Two-week’s prior notice is preferred.


After Five, Lectures & Discussions


American History Museum, Lemelson Center


American History Museum

Event Location

1st Floor, West Wing



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