News and Notes

June 30, 2015

Navigating the World: The Material Culture of Physical Mobility Impairment in the Early American North, 1700-1861

Nicole Belolan is a Ph.D. candidate in History of American Civilization at the University of Delaware. Read about her research as a 2014-2015 Research Fellow of the Consortium below.

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June 25, 2015

U.S. Biological Nativism and Japanese Invasions: Constituting Race through Transnational Public Health and Agriculture, 1880-1950

Jeannie N. Shinozuka is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2014-2015, she was a Research Fellow of the Consortium. Read her report on her Consortium-funded research here.

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June 8, 2015

June 2015 Newsletter

Updates about the Consortium are available in our newsletter, including news about fellowships, events and members’ collections.

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May 28, 2015

Working Groups at the Consortium, 2014-2015

The Consortium hosts 10 working groups on specialized topics in the history of science, medicine and technology. The groups meet monthly during the academic year, permitting scholars to share works in progress and discuss important publications with like-minded peers. Here is a report on the Working Groups Program in 2014-2015. 

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May 28, 2015

New Exhibition on Science and Fiction in the Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery

On July 1st, 2015 the exhibition Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 will debut in the newly refurbished Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery located in the west wing of the National Museum of American History. On display will be some of the very works that exposed an eager and curious public to the wealth of new ideas and inventions of the 19th century, including landmarks of scientific discovery, imaginative fiction, popular science, newspaper hoaxes, dime novels, and more. Showcased alongside selected historical artifacts from Smithsonian museum collections, the books on exhibit will trace the impact of the period’s science on the world of fiction. The exhibition will be featured in an online version as well, accessible here starting June 23

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Telescope used for observing the transit of Venus, 1769
Image courtesy of the American Philosophical Society