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


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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)

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Foldout frontispiece depicting the constellations Corvus, Crater and Hydra. From Catherine Vale Whitwell’s 1818, An astronomical catechism. Image courtesy of Linda Hall Library.

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Working Groups

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 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.

January 13, 2017

Science Beyond the West


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.”

January 27, 2017

Medicine and Health


February 1, 2017

Earth and Environmental Sciences

February 2, 2017

Biological Sciences

February 3, 2017

Early Modern Science

February 7, 2017

History and Theory