The Consortium compiles a calendar of events in the history of science, technology and medicine:


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May 4, 2016

Sixth Annual History of Medicine Night - Part II

New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

May 5, 2016

Charlotte Jacobs, Stanford University

Jonas Salk: A Life

Library Company of Philadelphia; American Philosophical Society; Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Philadelphia, PA)

May 10, 2016

Arthur Ainsberg, Independent Scholar

The Discovery of Insulin - A Miracle Drug, A Nobel Prize Controversy, and the Story of Elizabeth Hughes

New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

May 16, 2016

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Linköping University, Sweden

Otlet’s Order: Intellectual Property and the Bibliographical Imagination

Chemical Heritage Foundation - Brown Bag Lectures (Philadelphia, PA)

May 18, 2016

Alice Dreger, Independent Scholar

Twenty-Five Years Into the Intersex Patient Rights Movement, Why Aren’t We Done?

New York Academy of Medicine - Lillian Sauter Lecture (New York, NY)

May 19, 2016

Oliver Gaycken, University of Maryland, College Park

How to See Science: A Media History

Wagner Free Institute of Science (Philadelphia, PA)

May 20, 2016

Andrea Wulf, Independent Scholar; Susan Stewart, Princeton University; Stephen Kellert, Yale University

Alexander Von Humboldt: The History, Science, and Poetry of Ecology

New York Botantical Garden (New York, NY)

May 23, 2016

Francesco Gerali, University of Western Australia

Petroleum in the Modern Age: A Puzzle That Lasted Four Centuries

Chemical Heritage Foundation - Brown Bag Lectures (Philadelphia, PA)

May 24, 2016

Merlin Chowkwanyun, Columbia University

“Have You Ever Heard of This Thing Called the Lincoln Collective?”: The World of New York City Health Activism in the 1970s

New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

May 26, 2016

Alan D. Meyer, Auburn University

The Role of Masculine Culture in Shaping Postwar Civil Aviation in the United States

Smithsonian Institution - History Seminar on Contemporary Science and Technology (Washington, DC)

May 26, 2016

Cain Conference Public Lecture

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)

June 3, 2016

Lisa Haushofer, Harvard University

Between Food and Medicine

Chemical Heritage Foundation - First Fridays (Philadelphia, PA)

June 6, 2016

David J. Caruso, Chemical Heritage Foundation - Center for Oral History

Oral History Training Institute

Chemical Heritage Foundation - Center for Oral History (Philadelphia, PA)

Page from a letter by Galileo, Alla madama la granduchessa madre, ca. 1616. Image courtesy of the University of Toronto.

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Working Groups

April 20, 2016

Physical Sciences

Teasel Elizabeth Muir-Harmony of the American Institute of Physics will introduce her paper “From the Moon to Japan: The US Exhibition of a Lunar Rock at the 1970 Osaka World’s Fair.”

April 26, 2016


Note special day. Lee Vinsel of the Stevens Institute of Technology will introduce his paper, “John Staudenmaier’s Technology’s Storytellers as a Political Theology.”

May 3, 2016

History and Theory

The group will discuss Michel Serres with Bruno Latour, Conversations on Science, Culture, and Time (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1995): 43-76, and John Zammito, “History/Philosophy/Science: Some Lessons for Philosophy of History,” History and Theory 50 (2011): 390-413. To get a feeling for Serres, the following text is also suggested: Michel Serres, “Mathematics and Philosophy: What Thales Saw...” in Hermes: Literature, Science, Philosophy (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982): 84-97.

May 4, 2016

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tiago Saraiva (Drexel University) will share his paper, “The Scientific Co-Op: Cloning Oranges and Democracy in the Progressive Era.”

May 5, 2016

Biological Sciences

The group will discuss Raf de Bont, Stations in the Field: A History of Place-Based Animal Research, 1870-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 2014). We will be reading the Introduction, Chapter 1, and Conclusion. The book enables us to continue with our theme of examining the biological sciences in the twenties and thirties, as well as the turn of the century, but it also enables us to examine the place of science, as well as introducing us to a staggering number of European research in the life sciences during this interval of time (and it isn’t only the traditional “center” of Germany, France and England). Join us for what promises to be a wonderful way to end the season.

May 6, 2016

Science Beyond the West

Note special day. Professor Nükhet Varlık (Rutgers) will present her article in progress, "Epidemiological Orientalism." Professor Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins) will be joining the discussion as respondent.

September 16, 2016

Medicine and Health


October 5, 2016

Human Sciences


October 12, 2016

History and Philosophy of Science


October 13, 2016

Early Sciences