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  K262, the Bowie-Vernon Room, Knafel Building, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street, unless otherwise noted. Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to by Thursday noon the week before.

STS Circle schedule poster

Spring 2015

Feb. 2:
Tom Özden-Schilling (MIT, HASTS)
Expertise in Exile: Indigenous GIS and the Precariousness of Professionalization
Feb. 9:
Arunabh Ghosh (Harvard, Weatherhead Center)
CANCELLED: No 'Mean' Solution: The Reformulation of Statistical Science in the Early People's Republic of China
Feb. 23:
Michael Bennett (University of Michigan, Risk Science Center)
The Ascent of Science Fictional Futurity in Anglo-American Legal Thought
Mar. 2:
Steve Caton (Harvard, Anthropology)
Experts in Cruelty: Interrogation in Abu Ghraib and After
Mar. 9:
Geert Somsen (Columbia/Maastricht, History)
'Science and World Order': Uses of Science in Plans for International Government, 1899-1950
Mar. 23:
Dan Navon (Harvard, Robert Wood Johnson Fellow)
Mobilizing Mutations: New Kinds of People at the Intersection of Genetics and Patient Advocacy
Mar. 30:
Margo Boenig-Liptsin (Harvard, STS/History of Science)
A New Literacy for the Information Age: Children, Computers, and Citizenship
Apr. 6:
Anna M. Agathangelou (York University, Political Science)
Emerging Legal and Forensic BioConstitutional Order(s) in Post-Conflict Cyprus
Apr. 13:
Emily Harrison (Harvard, History of Science)
Infant Science and Health Adventuring: Global Intervention around Infant Mortality
Apr. 20:
Rajesh Veeraraghavan (UC Berkeley/Harvard Berkman Center)
The Politics of Openness: Technology, Corruption and Participation in Indian Public Employment
Apr. 27:
Antoine Picon (Harvard, GSD)
Cities, Technologies and Political Imaginaries

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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.

Peter Thiel event poster

Peter Thiel
With panel discussion by Antoine Picon, Margo Seltzer, and Samuel Moyn. Moderated by Sheila Jasanoff.
March 25, 2015, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Science Center C, 1 Oxford Street

Recent discussions about the role of technology in society have oscillated between very short term worries ("what are smart phones doing to our brains?") and very long term nightmares ("will artificial intelligence replace humanity?"). Left out of these discussions are the next twenty years: our horizon for making concrete plans. The most important question for this medium term might be: will we create enough new technology to sustain our society? Instead of taking it for granted (or doomed), we must go back to the future and build it ourselves.

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Workshops and Panels

Visual Framings of Changing Orders event poster

May 18, 2015, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Harvard University Center for the Environment Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor

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Program news

Spring 2015 STS Fellow Aleksandar Rankovic recently published an article in Science.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 STS Undergraduate Essay Prize Competition: Hilton Simmet, Bran Shim, and Rachel Taylor!

Former STS Fellow and current Secondary Field student, Ian McGoniglerecently published articles in Ethnos and in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences.

Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy Network

Missed last month's Science and Democracy Lecture with Peter Thiel?  The video is now available.

Science and Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond,  edited by Stephen Hilgartner, Clark Miller, and Rob Hagendijk, features contributions by many Harvard STS fellows and visitors.

On Monday, May 18th, our STS Fellows will host Visual Framings of Changing Orders, an exhibit of their work.

Join us April 28th, 2015 for Science and Its Publics: Conversations on Accountability, organized by some of this year's visiting fellows!

This Friday, April 24th,  we're pleased to host Francois Gemenne for a special seminar on Anthropocene and Its Victims: How We Name Those Displaced by Environmental Changes.

Join us April 16-17th, 2015 for Earthworks Unlimited: Problems and Prospects of Geoengineering, cosponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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