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September 10, 2015

2015 Introductory Symposium

Consortium for HSTM

The annual Introductory Symposium is a day-long event in which a broad range of scholars conducting original research in the history of science, technology or medicine present brief synopses of their work, and discuss it with each other and with a larger audience. 

October 23, 2015

Carolyn Roberts, Harvard University / Consortium for HSTM

The Mortar, the Pestle, and the Slave Trade: British Pharmacy and Slave Trading in the Eighteenth Century

American Philosophical Society; McNeil Center for Early American Studies; Consortium for HSTM

October 28, 2015

Heidi Voskuhl, University of Pennsylvania; Youngmoo Kim, Drexel University


Wagner Free Institute of Science; Consortium for HSTM

December 3, 2015

Kapil Raj, Centre Alexandre-Koyré, EHESS


University of Pennsylvania, Consortium for HSTM

details TBA

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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April 13, 2015


September 15, 2015



September 17, 2015

Physical Sciences

Anthony Eames of Georgetown will introduce his paper, “Payload, Precision, and Politics: The Social-Scientific Construction of a Cold War Weapon System.”

October 1, 2015

Biological Sciences

We will start the year by discussing Marwa Elshakry’s Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Participants are asked to obtain a copy of the book on their own.

October 2, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences


October 6, 2015

History and Theory


October 7, 2015

Human Sciences


October 8, 2015

Early Sciences


October 9, 2015

Science Beyond the West

The group welcomes Dimitri Gutas of Yale University and Floris Cohen of Utrecht University as guest participants. Gutas will comment on Cohen's How Modern Science Came Into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-Century Breakthrough (Amsterdam University Press, 2011). Cohen will reply, and then the group will discuss.

October 14, 2015

History and Philosophy of Science


October 30, 2015

Medicine and Health