Events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Consortium

March 24, 2015

Geert Somsen, Maastricht University / Columbia University

Chemical Internationalism: Wilhelm Ostwald, Die Brücke, and the Energy Streams of Empire

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

March 31, 2015

Daniel E. Kelm, Independent Scholar

Chemical Glassware: The Aesthetics of Function

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

April 14, 2015

Nandini Bhattacharya, University of Dundee

A Pharmacopeia for India: The Chemistry of Active Principles and Nationalism

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

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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The 8th key from the twelve keys of Basil Valentine, as published in the Musaeum hermeticum (1678). Image courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

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Working Groups

February 20, 2015

Medicine and Health

Our next seminar will feature 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.

February 24, 2015


Note special date. Teasel Muir-Harmoney of the American Institute of Physics will introduce her paper, “A Global History of the First Lunar Landing.”

February 25, 2015

History and Philosophy of Science

Note special date. Louise Daoust of UPenn will introduce Chapter 5 of Daston and Galison's Objectivity.

March 3, 2015

History and Theory

The group will discuss selections of You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk: pp. 83-105 (Religions Do Not Exist); 109-130 (mostly Nietzsche and the Vertical); 131-159 (Wittgenstein and Foucault); and optionally 177-242 (other stuff, monasticism included).  Additional readings include a piece by William James on practice/verticality/energy/ethics, ”The Energies of Men,” and a review of an interesting recent book connecting James’ energetics to Foucault’s ascetics.

March 4, 2015

Physical Sciences

Peter Ramberg of Truman State University will introduce his paper, “Popularizing Astronomy in the German Free Religious Movement, 1850-1852.”

March 6, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mary Mitchell of the University of Pennsylvania will introduce her paper, “Falling Out: Challenging Atmospheric Nuclear Testing in the Domestic Courts”

March 10, 2015

Life Sciences and Natural History

The group will discuss selections from Daniela Bleichmar’s Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment, U of Chicago Press, 2012.

March 12, 2015

Early Sciences

Sue Wells of Temple University will introduce her draft chapter, “‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ and Early Modern Medicine.”

March 13, 2015

Science Beyond the West


March 18, 2015

Human Sciences

Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar, will introduce an excerpt of Thomas Medvetz, Think Tanks in America (University of Chicago Press, 2012).