Working Groups

The Consortium 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 Consortium offices in Philadelphia. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online. The regular meeting days are as follows, but be sure to check each group's individual schedule for changes.

1stHistory & TheoryPhysical SciencesBiological SciencesEarth & Environmental Sciences
2ndHistory & Philosophy of ScienceEarly ScienceScience Beyond the West
3rdTechnologyHuman SciencesMedicine and Health

Upcoming Meetings

History and Theory

May 5, 2015

The group will discuss Peter Sloterdijk, The Art of Philosophy (Columbia University Press, 2012). Group members are asked to acquire a copy of this text on their own.

Physical Sciences

May 6, 2015

Vivien Hamilton of Harvey Mudd College will introduce her draft, “Physics in the New York Times: 1880-1920”.

History and Philosophy of Science

May 13, 2015

Miriam Solomon of Temple University will introduce Jutta Schickore, "More Thoughts on HPS: Another 20 Years Later," Perspectives on Science 19 (4): 453-481. NOTE: Special meeting location ; contact conveners for more information.


September 15, 2015


Human Sciences

September 16, 2015


Medicine and Health

September 18, 2015


Biological Sciences

October 1, 2015


Earth and Environmental Sciences

October 2, 2015


Early Sciences

October 8, 2015


Science Beyond the West

October 9, 2015


The Alchemist, 19th century, Francois-Marius Granet, Oil on canvas, Gift of Roy Eddleman, Photograph by Will Brown. Image courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.