Working Groups

The Center invites area scholars to join several topical working groups for challenging and collegial discussion of interesting publications in their fields and of each others’ works-in-progress. Each of the groups meets one evening each month at the Center. Please contact the conveners if you would like to participate in one or more of the groups.


April 17, 2014

Jeff Womack of the University of Houston, will introduce his paper, “Uncertainty Principles: Radiation and Risk in 20th Century Medicine.”

History and Theory

April 29, 2014

Note Special Day The group will discuss pp357-484 of Bruno Latour’s An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

Earth and Environmental Sciences

May 1, 2014


Medicine and Health

May 6, 2014

Deanna Day of UPenn will introduce her “Beyond the Elbow Test: Thermometers, Environmental Health, and Technological Stabilization.”

Physical Sciences

May 7, 2014

Joe Martin of Colby College will introduce his paper, “The Simple and Courageous Course: Industrial Patronage of Basic Research at the University of Chicago, 1945–1961.”

Early Sciences

May 8, 2014


History and Philosophy of Science

May 14, 2014

Philip Honenberger will introduce a final set of selections from Erkenntnis (2011) v75, “What (Good) is Historical Epistemology?”

Human Sciences

September 17, 2014


Entomology collection detail, exhibit hall, Wagner Free Institute of Science. Image courtesy of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.