University of Wisconsin–Madison

All History of Science Department Events for Spring 2009


January 23 (Friday) at Noon

Bridget Collins, Kellen Backer, and Jocelyn Bosley, UW-Madison
“Prelims: Everything you needed to know but were too afraid to ask.”


January 30 (Friday) at Noon

An open forum for all
A “Bring Your Own Idea” discussion – please join us and come armed with scintillating conversation!

Location: Social Sciences 7130


February 6 (Friday) at Noon

Walt Schalick, UW-Madison
“A Matter of Degrees: Physician-Historians in the History of Medicine.”


February 13 (Friday) at Noon

Greta Zenner, UW-Madison
“On Nanotechnology Education.”


February 17 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Bernard Lightman, York University
“The Culture of Evolutionary Naturalism and its Critics.”

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections). Cookies & coffee will be available at 3:45pm.


February 20 (Friday) at Noon

Ron Numbers and Elliott Sober, UW-Madison
“Teaching the History and Philosophy of Science Together: A Recent Experiment.”


February 27 (Friday) at Noon

Judy Kaplan, UW-Madison
“Theories of Linguistic Decay in the Age of Progress.”


March 3 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Alexandra Stern, University of Michigan
Snow Miller Lecture: “The Entangled Histories of Eugenics, Medical Genetics, and Genetic Counseling.”

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections). Cookies & coffee will be available at 3:45pm.


March 6 (Friday) at Noon

Paul Kelleher, Harvard University
“Justice and Profound Cognitive Disability.”

Location: 1490 MSC (1300 University Avenue)


March 13 (Friday) at Noon

John Rudolph, Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison
“History of Science for the General Public: Aims, Expectations, and Trends in Teaching.”


March 20 (Friday) at Noon

No Brown Bag lunch
Spring Break


March 24 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Conevery Bolton Valencius, History of Science, Harvard University
“Vernacular Science: The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12 and Early American Scientific Imagination.”

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections). Cookies & coffee will be available at 3:45pm.


March 27 (Friday) at Noon

Tania Munz, Max Planck Institut, Berlin
“The Dancing Bees: Karl von Frisch, the Honeybee Dance Language, and the Sciences of Communication.”


March 31 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University
Chauncey Leak Lecture: “Regenerative Medicine and Society: Translation, Transplantation, and Stem Cells in Historical Context.”

Location: Social Science 5231. Cookies & coffee will be available at 3:45pm in Social Science 7130.


April 3 (Friday) at Noon

Fred Gibbs, Shannon Withycombe, and Andrew Ruis, UW-Madison
“How to Poison a Baby with School Lunches: Ensuring Your Dissertation Committee Says ‘Yes!'”


April 10 (Friday) at Noon

Julie Anderson, University of Manchester
“The Science of Examination: Blindness and Inspection in Ireland 1920-1935.”


April 17 (Friday) at Noon

Susan E. Lederer and Judy Houck, UW-Madison
“History means never having to say you’re sorry (or does it?): Historians and the politics of apology for the past.”


April 24 (Friday) at 7:30 pm

Colloquium: Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science/University of Chicago
“The Passions of the Unnatural.”

Location: The Pyle Center. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities (Humanities without Boundaries series).


May 1 (Friday) at Noon

Dayle Delancey, University of Texas
“Reading African American Inoculation and Vaccination in Philadelphia, 1730-1923.”

Location: Room 1210, Medical Sciences Center


May 5 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Elizabeth Williams, Oklahoma State University
“’Frenchness’ and Madness: National Identity and Psychopathology in Enlightenment France.”

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections). Cookies & coffee will be available at 3:45pm.


May 8 (Friday) at Noon

“Town meeting.”