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.

Human Sciences

September 17, 2014

Erika Milam of Princeton University will introduce selections from Aaron Panofky’s Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics (Chicago, 2014).

Physical Sciences

October 1, 2014


History and Theory

October 7, 2014

The group will discuss pp. 1-135 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson.  Trans. Mitchell.  NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition) as well as pp. 62-81, “Neither Vitalism Nor Materialism” from Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett.

History and Philosophy of Science

October 8, 2014

The group will read Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.  Please obtain your own copy and read the Prologue and Chapter 1 for the 10/8 meeting.  Gary Hatfield will introduce these as well as a review of Objectivity by Ian Kidd from Philosophy in Review, 2009.

Early Sciences

October 9, 2014

Darin Hayton will introduce chapter six, “The Trouble with Taxa,” from Daryn Lehoux’s What did the Romans Know?  An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking.

Medicine and Health

October 14, 2014



October 16, 2014


Earth and Environmental Sciences

February 5, 2015


Selection of patent medicine trade cards, late 19th century.
Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia