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. Please contact the conveners if you would like to participate in one or more of the groups.

Each of the groups meets one evening or afternoon each month at the Center. The regular meeting days are as follows, but be sure to check each group's individual schedule for changes.

1st weekHistory & TheoryPhysical SciencesEarth & Environmental Sciences
2nd weekHistory & Philosophy of ScienceEarly ScienceScience Beyond the West
3rd weekTechnologyHuman Sciences

Upcoming Meetings

Physical Sciences

October 29, 2014

(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”

History and Theory

November 4, 2014

The group will discuss pp. 135-271 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson.  Trans. Mitchell.  NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition).

History and Philosophy of Science

November 12, 2014

The group will read Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.  Please obtain your own copy and read Chapter 2 for the 11/12 meeting.

Early Sciences

November 13, 2014

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

Science Beyond the West

November 14, 2014


Human Sciences

November 19, 2014

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)”

Medicine and Health

January 13, 2015



January 20, 2015


Earth and Environmental Sciences

February 6, 2015


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