Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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STS Circle at Harvard

The STS Circle at Harvard meets weekly during the academic semester. All Meetings will take place on Mondays, from 12:15–2 pm, at  Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street unless otherwise noted. Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to by Thursday noon the week before.

STS Circle schedule poster

Fall 2016

Sep. 12:
Elise K. Burton (Middle Eastern Studies & History)
Accidents of Geography: Creating Genetic Cartographies of the Middle East
Sep. 19:
Jeremy Baskin (University of Melbourne, Political Science)
The Competing Imaginaries of Solar Geoengineering
Sep. 26:
Phil Brown (Northeastern University, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences)
Post-Belmont Research Ethics: Reporting Personal Exposure Data to Participants
Oct. 3:
Christopher Lawrence (Harvard, STS)
Normalization by Other Means: The Failed Techno-Diplomacy of Light Water Reactor Export to North Korea
Oct. 17:
Rachel Douglas-Jones (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Governance by Committee: Stem Cell Research Oversight and Deliberation in the USA
Oct. 24:
Scott Frickel (Brown, Sociology)
'Three Scientists Walk into a Barricade…' Expert mobilization in Two Boston-area Social Movements
Oct. 31:
Sunil Amrith (Harvard, History)
Coastal South Asia and the Technologies of Risk
Nov. 7:
Laura Martin (Harvard, HUCE)
Radiation and Restoration: The Politics of Ecological Care
Nov. 14:
Bettina Stoetzer (MIT, Global Studies and Languages)
Ruderal Ecologies: Re-Thinking Urban Infrastructure in a World of Rubble
Nov. 21:
Gökçe Gunel (Columbia University, Anthropology)
Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi
Nov. 28:
Jay D. Aronson (Carnegie Mellon, History)
The Promise and Peril of Human Rights Technology

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Science & Democracy Lecture Series

Once a semester, the STS Program, with co-sponsorship from other local institutions, hosts an installation in its Science and Democracy Lecture Series.

Rachel Kyte event poster

Rachel Kyte
With panel discussion by William ClarkHenry Lee, and Michael Mehling. Moderated by Sheila Jassanoff.
October 18, 2016, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Emerson Hall, Room 105, 25 Quincy Street

Last year, world leaders agreed to put their nations on a pathway to “well below 2°C” of global warming in order to meet the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). One of those goals – SDG #7 – calls for countries to secure affordable and clean energy for the 1.3 billion people still living in energy poverty by 2030. Now, an array of grassroots organizations are pushing leaders to adopt an "energy efficiency first" approach, putting access at the center of their energy plans. This approach calls for distributed energy solutions to help countries go further, faster toward closing the energy access gap. Kyte will discuss how the work of these organizations can accelerate the national energy plans that countries around the world are currently putting into action. Video of this lecture is located here.

» Lecture series archive

Workshops and Panels

What Should Democracies Know? event poster

December 8, 2016, 5:00pm-6:45pm
Bell Hall, Belfer Building, 5th Floor, Harvard Kennedy School

» Workshops and panels archive

Program news

Wondering what we've been up to this year? Our Fall 2016 Newsletter is now available!

Missed The Expertise and Public Trust Project's inaugural event "What Should Democracies Know?" featuring post-election reflections by Archon Fung, Ned Hall, Jane Mansbridge, David Kennedy and Sheila Jasanoff? The video and event summary are now available.

Our non-stipendiary fellowship application is now live. Apply by January 31st to join us as a fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Missed our Science and Democracy Lecture with Rachel Kyte on Looking up: How coalitions of bottom-up organizations are driving action for sustainable development? Watch the video here.

Sheila Jasanoff's latest book The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future is now available for order at Amazon and at the publisher's link.

A summary of our workshop "The Molecularization of Identity: Science and Subjectivity in the 21st Century," is now available in Genetics ResearchThe summary was written by workshop organizers, and past STS Fellows, Ian McGonigle and Ruha Benjamin

Sheila Jasanoff was recently featured on a University of Melbourne podcast on "Twin Engines of Truth? How Science and Law Interact to Construct our World."

We're pleased to announce this year's STS Undergraduate Prize Competition winners: Nicole Bassoff, Leah Singer, and Emma Woo! Watch videos where the winners discuss their work here.

Missed our April 20th Science and Democracy panel with Yaron Ezrahi, Andy Stirling, Shiv Visvanathan, and Jane Mansbridge on "The Elusive Demos: Democracy in the Digital Age?" The video is now available. 

April 29-30th, we hosted"The Molecularization of Identity: Science and Subjectivity in the 21st Century," co-organized by current and former fellows, Ruha Benjamin and Ian McGonigle.

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