Events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Center

October 30, 2014

Sharrona Pearl, University of Pennsylvania

Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond

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Can photographs reveal madness?  Can we see ourselves better through the lens of others?  Join us to examine Victorian-era photographs used to diagnose and treat patients in an asylum.

November 18, 2014

Tom Waidzunas, Department of Sociology, Temple University

Global Flows and Revisions of Science for State Policy: The Case of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality

Drexel University, Center for Science, Technology, and Society

Past PACHS Events

September 18, 2014

2014 Introductory Symposium

September 10, 2014

Ronen Segev, Tel-Aviv University

The Israeli Defense Force Nursing Development between 1948-2000
The Israeli Defense Force Nursing Development between 1948-2000

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

April 25, 2013

Darin Hayton, Rebecca Onion, Elly Truitt, and Mike Yudell

Sounds Made Up: Tales From the History of Science

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Exhibit Hall c. 1900, Wagner Free Institute of Science. 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