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


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October 31, 2014

Susan Hanket Brandt, Temple University and 2012-2013 MCEAS Consortium Fellow

Marketing Medicine:  Apothecary Elizabeth Weed’s Economic Independence during the American Revolution

MCEAS (McNeil Center for Early American Studies)

October 31, 2014

Daryn Lehoux, Queen’s University

Creeping Things, Born of Mud and Slime: Questions and Problems in Spontaneous Generation

Bryn Mawr College, Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies

November 3, 2014

True Stories Well Told--About Science and Society

Drexel University, Center for Science, Technology, and Society

November 3, 2014

Bernard Lightman, York University

Global Spencerism

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

November 4, 2014

Daniel Liu, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Molecules in Biology before Molecular Biology: Imagining Molecules under Polarized Light, 1910–1939

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

November 4, 2014

Projit Mukharji, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

The Chemist as a Rasayanacharya: Chunilal Bose and the Chemicalization of the Bengali Everyday

Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Seminar

November 11, 2014

Timothy Johnson, University of Georgia

Population Boom: Warfare, Fertilizers, and the Chemicalization of American Agriculture

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

November 11, 2014

Monique Allewaert, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Insect Poetics: Grainger’s Cane, Personification, and Animacy; or, Why Eighteenth Century Animacies Matter to Twenty First Century Posthumanisms and Distributed Agencies

Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Seminar

November 12, 2014

Scott H. Podolsky, MD

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Philadelphia, and the Spirit of Skepticism

Samuel X Radbill Lecture, College of Physicians of Philadelphia

November 13, 2014

David Arnold, University of Warwick

Bish: The Social Life of Poisons in Nineteenth-Century India

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

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Drawing of a dissection of a tadpole, by Joseph Leidy, 1845. Image courtesy of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

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Working Groups

October 29, 2014

Physical Sciences

(Note Special Day) Nasser Zakariya of CHF will introduce a draft book chapter, “Tales of Hawks and Hounds: Scientific Narratives of the SSC and NASA Origins”

November 4, 2014

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp. 135-271 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson.  Trans. Mitchell.  NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition).

November 12, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

The group will read Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.  Please obtain your own copy and read Chapter 2 for the 11/12 meeting.

November 13, 2014

Early Sciences

Bruce Moran of the University of Nevada, Reno will introduce his draft paper Preserving the Cutting Edge: Traveling Woodblocks, Material Networks, and Visualizing Plants in Early Modern Europe

November 14, 2014

Science Beyond the West


November 19, 2014

Human Sciences

Whitney Laemmli of UPenn will introduce a draft dissertation chapter “‘Dance as the Measure of Man’: Alan Lomax, Choreometrics, and the History of Humankind (1965-1985)”

January 13, 2015

Medicine and Health


January 20, 2015



February 6, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences