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.

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1stHistory & TheoryEarth & Environmental SciencesBiological Sciences
2ndHistory & Philosophy of ScienceEarly ScienceScience Beyond the West
3rdTechnologyPhysical SciencesMedicine and Health

Upcoming Meetings

History and Philosophy of Science

February 10, 2016

The group will read Nancy Nersessian's Creating Scientific Concepts (MIT Press, 2010), chapters 1 & 2. Group members are asked to obtain their own copies of the text.

Science Beyond the West

February 12, 2016

Fa-ti Fan from Binghamton University will introduce a chapter, "The People’s War against Earthquakes: Cultures of Mass Science in Mao’s China'" from his forthcoming book on earthquakes in China and Debjani Bhattacharya of Drexel will provide comments to start the discussion.


February 16, 2016

Layne Karafantis of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will introduce a dissertation chapter, “The Blue Cube: Cold War Espionage Hidden in Plain Sight.”

Physical Sciences

February 17, 2016

Kristie Macrakis of Georgia Tech and ​the Woodrow ​Wilson Center will introduce her paper, “How We Really Found Missiles on Cuba: A Story about Myths, Technology and Secret Agents.”

Medicine and Health

February 19, 2016

Wendy Kline (Purdue University) will share a chapter from her book-in-progress, Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America, Judith Walzer Leavitt (U. Madison at Wisconsin) and Barbara Katz Rothman (Baruch College/CUNY Graduate Center) will provide commentary, and the group will discuss.

History and Theory

March 1, 2016


Earth and Environmental Sciences

March 2, 2016


Biological Sciences

March 3, 2016


Early Sciences

March 10, 2016


Human Sciences

October 5, 2016


Joseph Leidy seated next to a fossilized tibia of the Hadrosaurus foulkii, a duck-billed dinosaur discovered in Haddonfield, NJ. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.