University of Wisconsin–Madison

All History of Science Department Events for Spring 2017


January 20 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Rachel Gross, History
“Wear a hat to keep your feet warm, and other lessons from the Science of Dressing during World War II.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


January 27 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Judy Houck & Nicole Nelson, History of Science
“Getting your first article published.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


February 3 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Leslie Reagan, Professor of History, University of Illinois
“Research on Secrets, Fears, Sex, and Death.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


February 3 (Friday) at 3:45 pm

Colloquium: Leslie Reagan, Professor of History, University of Illinois
“Seeing Agent Orange in the U.S. and Vietnam: Disease and Disability, Museums and Memorials.”

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)

Co-sponsored with Medical History and Bioethics.


February 10 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Travis Weisse, History of Science
“’Dear Mr. Pritikin’; Fan mail and Public Constructions of Scientific Expertise.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


February 17 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Leslie Abadie, Colleen Dunlavy, and Brian Hamilton, History Department
“Everything you wanted to know about the UW History Department; here’s your chance to ask.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


February 24 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Daniel Rosenberg, Professor of History, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon
“Toward a Quantitative History of Data.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial

Funding provided by the University Lectures Anonymous Fund, the History Department, and the School of Library and Information Studies; also co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Cultures, Department of Medical History & Bioethics, and the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Graduate Council (RSO).


February 24 (Friday) at 3:45 pm

Colloquium: Daniel Rosenberg, Professor of History, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon
“Keyword ‘Keyword’” (event poster)

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)

Funding provided by the University Lectures Anonymous Fund, the History Department, and the School of Library and Information Studies; also co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Cultures, Department of Medical History & Bioethics, and the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Graduate Council (RSO).


March 3 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and Director, Center for Science and Society, Columbia University
“Thinking about material and technical literacy in the history of art and science.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


March 3 (Friday) at 3:45 pm

Colloquium: Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and Director, Center for Science and Society, Columbia University
“Making Art and Knowing Nature in Early Modern Europe: The Making and Knowing Project.” (abstract)

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)

An event taking place during the 2017 Burdick-Vary Symposium titled New Illuminations: Art-NATURE-History and organized by the UW Institute for Research in the Humanities, 3-4 March 2017. (Click ‘here’ for more details.) Free and open to the public.


March 10 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Elizabeth Nielsen, History of Science
“Arctic Equilibrium: Naturalist-Diplomats in the Late Nineteenth Century.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


March 17 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Emily Hutcheson, History of Science
“Disentangling the Role of Orangutan Rehabilitation from the History of Conservation Practices in Southeast Asia, 1956-1995.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


March 24 (Friday) at Noon

No Meeting – Spring Break


March 31 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Paul Robbins, Nelson Institute
“Colonial Forest Legacies: From taux de boisement to the National Mission for a Green India.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 7 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Wilko Hardenberg, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin
“The Level of the Sea: Historicizing a Baseline.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 7 (Friday) at 3:45 pm

Colloquium: Diego Armus, Associate Professor of History, Swarthmore College
“Continuity and Change in the History of a Modern Habit: Smoking in Buenos Aires.” (event poster)

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Medical History and Bioethics, the Department of the History of Science, and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program. Funding courtesy of the Anonymous Fund, Kemper K Knapp Bequest Fund, and Lectures Committee General Fund. Free and open to the public.


April 14 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Irene Toro Martinez, History of Science
“In the Archive: Digital Tools for Organized Research, + Initial Findings on Healthcare in Wisconsin’s Prisons, 1970-2000.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 21 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Daniel Liu, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bio-Humanities Research Group, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois
“What are the ‘Biohumanities’? How to be an Historian of Science, Medicine, and Technology in an Interdisciplinary World.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 28 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Neil Kodesh, History
“Africa and the History of Science and Medicine.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 28 (Friday) at 3:45 pm

**CANCELLED ** Colloquium: Vicki Daniel, History of Science
“Visual Culture and Disaster Victim Identification in America, 1900-1950.”

CANCELLED due to illness, will be rescheduled for Fall 2017

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)


May 5 (Friday) at Noon

No Brown Bag – AAHM in Nashville