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.

Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays
1st History & Theory Earth & Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences Early Modern Science
2nd History & Philosophy of Science Ancient and Medieval Sciences Science Beyond the West
3rd Physical Sciences

Human Sciences Medicine and Health


Upcoming Meetings

April 4, 2017


April 5, 2017

Our theme will be Polar Science. Adrian Howkins (Colorado State University), author of Frozen Empires: An Environmental History of the Antarctic Peninsula (Oxford, 2016) and Andrew Stuhl (Bucknell University), author of Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands (Chicago, 2016) will open the discussion by commenting on each others' books.

April 6, 2017

Jim Endersby will join the group (in Philadelphia), and we will discuss two chapters of his book, Orchid (U. Chicago, 2016).  The discussion will be led by Rich Bellon (Department of History, Michigan State University).

April 7, 2017

The group will discuss "A Second Look: Leviathan and the Air Pump," published in Isis, volume 108, No. 1, March 2017.

April 12, 2017

Note Special Day TBA

April 13, 2017


April 14, 2017


April 18, 2017

Jonnie Penn, University of Cambridge

April 18, 2017

Matt Wisnioski, Virginia Tech test.

April 19, 2017

Note Special Day TBA

April 21, 2017

Joanna Radin, from the Program in History of Science & Medicine, Yale University, will present “Latent Life in Biomedicine’s Ice Age,” the first chapter of her new book, Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood (Chicago, 2017).