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


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September 30, 2014

Jeffrey Johnson, Villanova University

Emil Fischer’s Dream: A ‘Synthetic-Chemical Biology’ in the Early 20th Century

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

October 1, 2014

Jacob Thomas, Barnes Foundation (CEPI)

Grandma’s Remedies: Cross Cultural and Historical Use of Herbs from Kerala, India

College of Physicians of Philadelphia

October 2, 2014

Christos Lynteris, University of Cambridge

Visualization of the Third Plague Epidemic in China

Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium

October 6, 2014

Nathan Sivin (University of Pennsylvania) and Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

“What Students of 20th-Century Science Can Learn from the Study of Ancient China”

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

October 6, 2014

Dong-Won Kim, Johns Hopkins University

Science Fiction in South and North Korea: Images of Science and Technology in 20th century Korea

Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium

October 7, 2014

Jeremy Greene, Associate Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Sciences of the Similar: A History of ‘Me-Too’ Medicines

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

October 8, 2014

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

Wagner Free Institute of Science

October 8, 2014

Luis Campos, University of New Mexico

Mutant Sexuality

New York City History of Science Society Consortium

October 9, 2014

Colin Milburn, University of California, Davis

Long Live Play: The PlayStation Network and Technogenic Life

Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium

October 11, 2014

Library Open House

Hagley Library

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Lewis and Clark botanical specimen, Nicotiana. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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Working Groups

October 1, 2014

Physical Sciences

Jessica Wang of UBC will introduce her “Physics, Emotion, and the Scientific Self: Merle Tuve’s Cold War”, HSNS v.42 n.5.

October 7, 2014

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp. 1-135 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson.  Trans. Mitchell.  NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition) as well as pp. 62-81, “Neither Vitalism Nor Materialism” from Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett.

October 8, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

The group will read Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.  Please obtain your own copy and read the Prologue and Chapter 1 for the 10/8 meeting.  Gary Hatfield will introduce these as well as a review of Objectivity by Ian Kidd from Philosophy in Review, 2009.

October 9, 2014

Early Sciences

Darin Hayton will introduce chapter six, “The Trouble with Taxa,” from Daryn Lehoux’s What did the Romans Know?  An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking.

October 10, 2014

Science Beyond the West

Harun Küçük and Projit Mukharji will introduce three papers: 
Warwick Anderson, “Making Global Health History: The Postcolonial Worldliness of Biomedicine,” Social History of Medicine, 27(2), [2014], pp.372-384;
Fa-ti Fan, “The Global Turn in the History of Science,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 6/2, 2012: 249-258;
Kapil Raj, “Beyond Postcolonialism… and Postpositivism: Circulation and the Global History of Science,” Isis, 104/2, 2013: 337-347.

October 15, 2014

Human Sciences

Greg Eghigian of Penn State will introduce a draft of his paper “UFOs and Aliens as a Problem in the History of the Human Sciences”

October 16, 2014



January 13, 2015

Medicine and Health


February 5, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences