University of Wisconsin–Madison

All History of Science Department Events for Spring 2016


January 22 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag
Welcome to Spring Semester! BB organization and scheduling.

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


January 29 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Mitra Sharafi, Law School, UW-Madison
“Blood Testing and Fear of the False in British India.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


January 29 (Friday) at 3:45 pm

Colloquium: Scott Gerard Prinster (Dissertator, History of Science, UW-Madison)
“Evidence of Things Seen and Not Seen: Edward Hitchcock and the (Inconvenient) Persistence of Religious Evidence and Testimonies in Nineteenth-Century American Science.”

History of Science Departmental colloquia lecture series: Seeing the Invisible: An Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia.

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)


February 5 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Lynn Nyhart, History of Science
“Teleology, scientists’ histories, and ours.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


February 12 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Nick Jacobson, History of Science, UW-Madison
Pre-circulated paper, title: “Scholars in Servitude: The Enslavement of Arab Scribes in 13th-Century Spain.”

This paper will be distributed by e-mail to dept faculty and grad students about a week beforehand. If you are outside the dept and wish to receive a copy, please contact Pablo Gómez (email: pgomez@wisc.edu) for a copy of the paper.

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


February 19 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Zvi Biener (Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati)
“Seeing with the Eyes and Seeing with Math.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


February 19 (Friday) at 3:45 pm

Colloquium: Zvi Biener (Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati)
“Erasing Hooke from the History of Mechanics.”

History of Science Departmental colloquia lecture series: Seeing the Invisible: An Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia.

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)


February 26 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Brad Baranowski, History Dept.
“The History Lab at UW Madison.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


March 4 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Alice Dreger, PhD, Independent Scholar
“Galileo’s Middle Finger: Why Social Progress Depends on the Protection of Academic Freedom.”

This talk draws from the speaker’s new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, and explores the ways in which freedom of research is under assault from multiple fronts, including identity politics activism, the corporatization and branding of universities, and social media shaming campaigns (event poster).

Location: Room 159 (Wisconsin Idea Room), Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall (map)

Cosponsored with Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)


March 10 (Thursday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Sabina Leonelli (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology, University of Exeter)
“Data Journeys in Biology: Openness and Shadows.”

History of Science Departmental colloquia lecture series: Seeing the Invisible: An Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia. Cosponsored by the “Disclosing/Enclosing” research group of the Holtz Center, the Morgridge Institute for Research Ethics program, and the Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping.

Location: Researchers’ Link on 2nd floor of the Discovery building, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison (map)


March 11 (Friday) at Noon

Extended Brown Bag (Noon – 1:30pm)
Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend

Speakers: Dan Liu and Tom Broman, History of Science

Quantifying Life during the ‘Dark Age of Biocolloidology’, Dan Liu

Concepts of Modernization in the Post-War US: How to Teach Them, Tom Broman

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


March 18 (Friday) at Noon

No Meeting – Friday before Spring Break


March 25 (Friday) at Noon

No Meeting – Spring Break


April 1 (Friday) at Noon

*** Brown Bag CANCELLED ***
Brown Bag: Daniel Rosenberg (Professor of History, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon) “Before Big Data.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 1 (Friday) at 3:45 pm

*** Colloquium CANCELLED *** (to be rescheduled for the Fall)
Colloquium: Daniel Rosenberg (Professor of History, Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon) “The Removal of Language: A History (but cross out The, of, and A).”

History of Science Departmental colloquia lecture series: Seeing the Invisible: An Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia. Cosponsored by the “Disclosing/Enclosing” research group of the Holtz Center and the Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping.

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)


April 8 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Lynn Nyhart, History of Science, UW-Madison
Pre-circulated paper, title: “The Political Organism: Carl Vogt on Animals and States in the 1840s and 50s.”

This paper will be distributed by e-mail to dept faculty and grad students about a week beforehand. If you are outside the dept and wish to receive a copy, please contact Pablo Gómez (email: pgomez@wisc.edu) for a copy of the paper.

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 14 (Thursday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Associate Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
“Wheat Seeds, Archives, and the Construction of Memory: Mexico’s role in the Making of the Green Revolution.” (talk abstract)

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 14 (Thursday) at 4:00 pm

Colloquium: Daniel Garber (Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University)
“Making the Spiritual World Visible: Experimental Philosophy and the Problem of Witches and Ghosts.”

History of Science Departmental colloquia lecture series: Seeing the Invisible: An Interdisciplinary Lecture Series Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia.

Location: 976 Memorial Library (Special Collections)


April 22 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Alberto Ortiz, History Department
“Between Democracy and Dictatorship: The Psychiatric Caribbean Odyssey of Rafael Troyano de los Rios.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


April 29 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Jamie Brannon, History of Science
“The Medieval Heliocentrism of Mercury and Venus: Truth vs Appearance in William of Conches’s Argument for Planetary Order.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial


May 6 (Friday) at Noon

Town Hall meeting.

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial