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

Jessica Wang of UBC will introduce her “Physics, Emotion, and the Scientific Self: Merle Tuve’s Cold War”, HSNS v.42 n.5.

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.


October 16, 2014


Medicine and Health

January 13, 2015


Earth and Environmental Sciences

February 5, 2015


Bessemer converter and workers at Pennsylvania Steel Company, Steelton, Pennsylvania. Image courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library.