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Past Consortium Events

February 26, 2015

Greg Eghigian, Penn State University
Anthony Enns, Dalhousie University

Alien Abduction and Psychic Spies:  On the Edges of Cold War Science

December 11, 2014

Jeremy Greene, Johns Hopkins University and Mark Hagerott, United States Naval Academy

2014 in History:  Action at a Distance

October 30, 2014

Sharrona Pearl, University of Pennsylvania

Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond

September 18, 2014

2014 Introductory Symposium

May 15, 2014

Personalized medicine in historical perspective: from antiquity to the genome age

March 25, 2014

Matt Jones, Columbia University; Helen Nissenbaum, New York University

Technology, Privacy and Security

January 29, 2014

David Kirsch, University of Maryland

The Electric Vehicle: Past, Present… and Future?

September 20, 2013

2013 Introductory Symposium

May 15, 2013

Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University

Voyager and the Third Great Age of Discovery

May 11, 2013

Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of the Physical Sciences

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Working Groups

March 27, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Note Special Date. Jeremy Vetter of the University of Arizona will introduce his paper, “Field Stations and the Problem of Scale: Local, Regional, and Global at the Desert Lab”

March 31, 2015


Note Special Date. Nathan Ensmenger of Indiana University will introduce his paper, “Dirty Bits: An Environmental History of Computing.”

April 1, 2015

Physical Sciences

Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Tech TBA

April 7, 2015

History and Theory

The group will discuss selections from You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk. Further details TBA.

April 8, 2015

History and Philosophy of Science

The group will discuss Chapters 6 and 7 of Daston and Galison's Objectivity. Kevin Connolly of UPenn will introduce Chapter 6 and Flavia Padovani of Drexel University will introduce Chapter 7.

April 9, 2015

Early Sciences


April 10, 2015

Science Beyond the West

The group will discuss Roberto Chauca of the University of Florida's draft dissertation chapter, "Missionary Foundational Narratives and the Ambiguous Naming of Amazonia."

April 14, 2015

Life Sciences and Natural History

Lijing Jiang, Postdoc, Nanyang Technological University will introduce selections from Animals on Display (eds. Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen Rader, and Adam Dodd; Penn State University Press, 2013) with special guest participant Henry McGhie (Manchester Museum, UK).

April 15, 2015

Human Sciences


April 17, 2015

Medicine and Health

A discussion between two authors who have recently written books about pain: Keith Wailoo, the author of Pain: A Political History, and Joanna Bourke, the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers. Keith will comment on Joanna’s book, Joanna on Keith’s, and then we will open the floor for questions from the seminar participants.