University of Wisconsin–Madison

All History of Science Department Events for Spring 2010


January 22 (Friday) at Noon

Friday Brown Bag
Town Hall Meeting


January 29 (Friday) at Noon

Tom Broman, UW-Madison
“Narratives of Modernity: History of Science in a Post-European World.”


February 5 (Friday) at Noon

Anna Zeide, Sarah Potratz, and Peter Susalla, UW-Madison
“The MA Paper”


February 12 (Friday) at Noon

James Sweet, History Dept., UW-Madison
Topic: “‘Today he cures; tomorrow he kills’: Domingos Alvares and the Politics of Healing in Dahomey, Brazil, and Portugal, 1710-1750.”


February 16 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Shannon Withycombe, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: “Deciphering Clots: The Science of Pregnancy Loss in Nineteenth-Century America.”

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


February 19 (Friday) at Noon

Barbara Baumgartner, Washington University, St. Louis
Topic: “Anatomy Lessons: Reading the Body in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry.”


February 26 (Friday) at Noon

Diane Paul, UW-Madison
Topic: “Beyond Galton: The 19th-Century British Debate over Inherited Differences.”


March 5 (Friday) at Noon

Erika Milam, University of Maryland, College Park
Topic: “Race, Violence, and Secular Humanism? A Fifth-Grade Social Studies Curriculum from the 1960s.”


March 12 (Friday) at Noon

Sarah Potratz, UW-Madison
Topic: “Rickets in Dairyland: The Changing Uses of Sunlight, Cod Liver Oil and Vitamin D Milk in Wisconsin in the 1920s and 1930s.”


March 16 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Andrew Ruis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: “In Defense of (School) Food: Public Health, Private Rights, and the Law, 1900-1946.”

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


March 19 (Friday) at Noon

Shannon Withycombe, Kellen Backer, and Amrys Williams, UW-Madison
Topic: “CSIence 101: What Forensic Dramas Teach Us About Science, Medicine, and Technology.”


March 26 (Friday) at Noon

Speaker: Amrys Williams, UW-Madison
Topic: “’Whither, Rural Youth?’: 4-H at Home and Abroad after WWII.”


April 2 (Friday) at Noon

No Brown Bag Talk
Spring Break


April 9 (Friday) at Noon

Paul Kelleher, UW-Madison
Topic: “The Capabilities Approach and the Social Model of Disability: Ethics at the Intersection.”


April 13 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas at Austin
Title: “The Iberian Roots of 17th-Century British and Dutch Cosmographic Knowledge.”

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


April 16 (Friday) at Noon

Dayle DeLancey, UW-Madison
Topic: “Marks of Order: Slavery, Smallpox Inoculation, and Print Culture in 18th-Century Philadelphia.”


April 23 (Friday) at Noon

Andrew Stuhl, UW-Madison
Topic: “’Turning Kogmollik’ for Science.” Anthropological fieldwork during the Stefansson-Anderson Arctic Expedition of 1908-12 and its consequences.


April 30 (Friday) at Noon

No Brown Bag (due to AAHM meeting in Rochester, MN)


May 4 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Charlotte Bigg, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris
(Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Title: “A Visual History of Jean Perrin’s Brownian Motion Curves.”

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


May 7 (Friday) at Noon

Mitch Aso, UW-Madison
Topic: “Health and Ecology on Rubber Plantations in French Colonial Indochina.”