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Past Consortium Events

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

May 3, 2013

Symposium Honoring the Career and Scholarship of Ruth Schwartz Cowan

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Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 locomotive with styling by Raymond Loewy, also earlier P-5 locomotive inset. Image courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library.

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Working Groups

February 3, 2015

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp 1-60 of You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk along with his “Spheres Theory, Talking to Myself About the Poetics of Space” and Marie-Eve Morin’s “Cohabitating in the globalised world: Peter Sloterdijk’s global foams and Bruno Latour’s cosmopolitics”

February 4, 2015

Physical Sciences

Cameron Lazaroff-Puck, University of Minnesota with introduce his paper “Gearing up for Lagrangian Dynamics: The Flywheel Analogy in Maxwell’s 1865 Paper on Electrodynamics”.

February 6, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences


February 10, 2015

Life Sciences and Natural History

Nicole Nelson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will introduce selections from Nicholas Rasmussen’s Gene Jockeys, Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise, JHU Press, 2014.

February 12, 2015

Early Sciences

Nahyan Fancy of Depauw University will introduce his paper, “Avicenna, Ibn al-Nafis, and New Developments in Physiology in Western Eurasia, 1200-1560”

February 13, 2015

Science Beyond the West


February 17, 2015



February 18, 2015

Human Sciences

Nadia Berenstein of the University of Pennsylvania will introduce her paper, “Defining Flavor: Taste Panels and Sensory Research, 1930-1950”

February 20, 2015

Medicine and Health


February 25, 2015

History and Philosophy of Science

Louise Daoust of UPenn will introduce Chapter 5 of Daston and Galison's Objectivity.
***Note special meeting time -- fourth Wednesday rather than usual 2nd Wednesday -- and no meeting in March***