The Consortium compiles a calendar of events in the history of science, technology and medicine:


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December 5, 2016

Cameron Strang, Institute for Advanced Study

Workshop Series in History and Sociology of Science, Medicine and Technology

University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

December 5, 2016

Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr

Thinking with Machines in the Middle Ages

Yale University (New Haven, CT)

December 6, 2016

Erika Milam, Princeton University

Davis Center Works in Progress: Creatures of Cain: Rise and Fall of the Killer Ape

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

December 8, 2016

Amanda Casper, University of Delaware

Research Seminar: New Business from Old Houses: Promoting Electricity Through Home Alteration in Progressive Era Philadelphia

Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)

December 12, 2016

Brown Bag Lecture: Lessons from a List of Paracelsians Alive in 1579

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)

December 15, 2016

Christine Keiner, Rochester Institute of Technology

History Seminar on Contemporary Science and Technology, “Peaceful Nuclear Explosives, Environmental Diplomacy, and the Panatomic Canal”

Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)

January 19, 2017

Amyrs Williams, Wesleyan University

Research Seminar, “Reimagining the Modern Farm: Ecological Development and 4-H’s New Deal for Agriculture”

Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)

January 25, 2017

Sara Pritchard, Cornell University

“Polluted Nightscapes: ‘Natural Night-Sky Brightness,’ Skyglow, and the U.S. National Park Service”

Center for Science & Society at Columbia University (New York, NY)

January 30, 2017

Frederico Marcon, Princeton University

Without Nature: Thinking about the Environment in Early Modern Japan

Yale University (New Haven, CT)

February 6, 2017

Carolyn Roberts, Harvard University

Race, Science, & Social Justice Lecture Series

Yale University (New Haven, CT)

February 13, 2017

Steven Palmer, University of Windsor

“Born This Way”: Genetics, Activism, and the “Gay Gene” in the United States

Yale University (New Haven, CT)

February 20, 2017

Laura Briggs, University of Massachusetts


Yale University (New Haven, CT)

February 22, 2017

Stephanie Dick, University of Pennsylvania

After Math: Reasoning, Proving, and Computing in Postwar United States

Center for Science & Society at Columbia University (New York, NY)

February 23, 2017 - February 25, 2017

Conference: The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)

March 6, 2017

Alexandra Minna Stern, Michigan University


Yale University (New Haven, CT)

March 29, 2017

Neil Safier, Associate Professor of History, and Director of the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

Where Entangled Empires and Early Modern Science Intertwine: An Iberoamerican Perspective

Center for Science & Society at Columbia University (New York, NY)

April 10, 2017

Harriet Ritvo, MIT


Yale University (New Haven, CT)

April 20, 2017

Jenifer Van Vleck, Yale University

Research Seminar: Building the World: Morrison-Knudsen and the Business of Modernization

Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)

April 24, 2017

Colin Webster, UC Davis

Rewriting the History of Technology in Antiquity

Yale University (New Haven, CT)

April 26, 2017

Ann-Sophie Barwich, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

Scent Track: What can the History of Olfaction tell us about Theorizing in the Life Sciences?

Center for Science & Society at Columbia University (New York, NY)

May 18, 2017

Jeannette Estruth, New York University

Research Seminar: Silicon Valley Conservation: Redefining Environmental and Labor Politics, 1970-1995

Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)

Plate VII: “From the Catacombs of Thebes” in Dr. Samuel George Morton, Crania Aegyptiaca. Philadelphia: John Penington, 1844.
Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia

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Working Groups

December 2, 2016

Early Modern Science


Bob Westman of UCSD and André Goddu of Stonehill College will discuss with group participants their recent work on Copernicus.

Robert S. Westman, Copernicus and the Astrologers, Dibner Library Lecture, December 12, 2013, Smithsonian Libraries. (Available here.)

André Goddu, “Ludwik Antoni Birkenmajer and Curtis Wilson on the Origin of Nicholas Copernicus’s Heliocentrism,” Isis, v 107, no 2, June 2016, pp. 225-253. (DOI: 10.1086/687031)

December 6, 2016

History and Theory

The group will discuss two readings:

Bill Brown, “Overture” and “Coda” from Other Things (Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015);

Bill Brown, “Thing Theory,” Critical Inquiry 28, no. 1 (2001): 1–22.

December 7, 2016

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University will introduce his paper, “Frantz Fanon in LA: Cloning Oranges and the making of the Global South.”

December 8, 2016

Ancient and Medieval Sciences

The group will discuss three readings:

J. Stannard, “Aspects of Byzantine Materia Medica,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers (1984): 205-211

J. Scarborough, “Herbs of the Field and Herbs of the Garden in Byzantine Medicinal Pharmacy,” Byzantine Garden Culture (2002), 177-188

A. Touwaide, “Latin Crusaders, Byzantine Herbals,” Visualizing Medieval Medicine (2006), 25-50

December 9, 2016

Science Beyond the West


December 13, 2016


Note Special Day

Joshua Grace, University of South Carolina, will present his manuscript “The Momentum of Things Not Built: Technology, Socialism, and Appropriateness in Independent Tanzania.”

December 14, 2016

History and Philosophy of Science

​This Fall​ we will be reading Helen Longino's Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). The author will join us to discuss her book on December 14.

December 15, 2016

Physical Sciences

Michael Barany (Dartmouth College) will introduce his recent article, “Fellow Travelers and Traveling Fellows: The Intercontinental Shaping of Modern Mathematics in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin America,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Vol. 46, Number 5, pps. 669–709. A copy of his article can be accessed here.

December 16, 2016

Medicine and Health


January 18, 2017

Human Sciences

Alicia Puglionesi, the Consortium’s NEH postdoctoral fellow, will introduce her paper, “The Stars, the Weather, the Flowers, and the Mind: Psychical Research Among the Observational Sciences.”

February 2, 2017

Biological Sciences