All events in history of science, technology and medicine at member institutions or within 75 miles of Philadelphia


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April 16, 2014

Janet Golden, Rutgers University

The Secret Lives of Babies:  Folklore, Phrenology, Astrology, and Psychology

Barbara Bates Center, University of Pennsylvania

April 17, 2014

James Flowers (Johns Hopkins)

Stone Gorge Lee: An unorthodox healer connecting the heart/mind with the cosmos in Colonial period Korea

Johns Hopkins University

April 17, 2014

Alex Csiszar, Harvard University

The Invention of Peer Review

Chemical Heritage Foundation

April 21, 2014

Christopher Hamlin, University of Notre Dame

Dracula, Malaria, Cachexia:  Rethinking the security of the self, c. 1900

University of Pennsylvania Department of History and Sociology of Science

April 21, 2014

Laurence Totelin, Cardiff University

Ethnic and Hybrid Vegetables: Reading Greek and Roman Botanical Texts with a Historian’s Eye

Program in the Ancient World, Program in History of Science and the Department of Classics, Princeton University

April 23, 2014

Richard John, Columbia University

Telegraphs for the 1 Percent, Telephones for the People: How America Became a Network Nation

Hagley Museum and Library

April 24, 2014

HW Barbara Naddeo (The City College of New York)

State Secrets for the Public Sphere: The Practice of Geography and the Circulation of Political Information in Enlightenment Europe

Johns Hopkins University

April 25, 2014

Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University

Drama and Disbelief in Climate Science

Princeton University

April 28, 2014

Warwick Anderson, University of Sydney

Becoming Autoimmune: Immunological Histories of the Modern Self

University of Pennsylvania Department of History and Sociology of Science

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Exhibit Hall, Wagner Free Institute of Science. Photo by David Graham. Image courtesy of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

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Working Groups

March 6, 2014

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Selections from Daniel Schneider’s Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem.

April 1, 2014

Medicine and Health

Julia Mansfield of Stanford University and PACHS will introduce her paper, “Restoring Civility to Commerce: Samuel Mitchill’s Response to Quarantine in the Napoleonic Age.”

April 2, 2014

Physical Sciences

Bill Rankin of Yale will introduce his draft chapter on the politics of military coordinate systems and alternatives to latitude and longitude, “Aiming Guns, Recording Land, and Stitching Map to Territory: The Invention of Cartographic Grid Systems, 1914­-1939.”

April 8, 2014

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp. 233-356 of Bruno Latour’s An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

April 9, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

Louise Daoust of UPenn will introduce selections from Erkenntnis (2011) v75, “What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?”

April 10, 2014

Early Sciences

Alisha Rankin of Tufts will introduce her draft paper, “To Cure a Thief: Testing Poison Antidotes in Early Modern Europe.”

April 16, 2014

Human Sciences

Jamie Cohen-Cole will introduce the “Introduction” and chapter 5, “Scientists as the Model of Human Nature,” from his book, The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature, Chicago 2014.

April 17, 2014


Jeff Womack of the University of Houston, will introduce his paper, “Uncertainty Principles: Radiation and Risk in 20th Century Medicine.”