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 Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street unless otherwise noted. Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to by Thursday noon the week before.

STS Circle schedule poster

Fall 2017

Sep. 11:
Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University, Sociology)
Nuclear Cultural Heritage in Russia: Politics, Community, Materiality
Sep. 18:
Evan Hepler-Smith (Harvard University Center for the Environment)
Molecular Government, Toxicological Information, and Environmental Protection
Sep. 25:
Tarun Khanna (Harvard Business School)
Crowdsourcing Memory: The 1947 Indian Partition
Oct. 2:
Alex Pentland (MIT Media Lab)
Social Intelligence, Not Artificial Intelligence
Oct. 16:
Buhm Soon Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Making American Biomedicine: Science, Health, and the 'Paradox of NIH'
Oct. 23:
Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard, History of Science)
Remapping Knowledge Exchange: Scientific Agriculture in Sonora, Mexico and Punjab, India
Oct. 30:
Lucas Mueller (MIT HASTS)
How Much Poison is Too Much? Calculating Hazard in International Nutrition Programs and Commodity Trade
Nov. 6:
Paula Kift (Palantir)
Privacy Default(s) by Design? Personal Data in Cybersecurity Information Sharing
Nov. 13:
Moran Levy (Columbia, Sociology)
Splitting Up Diagnoses: A Sociological Study of Cancer Classification
Nov. 20:
James Parker (Melbourne Law School)
Sonic Lawfare: The Jurisprudence of Weaponized Sound
Nov. 27:
Ian McGonigle (Harvard, Anthropology)
Grapes from Zion: Biblical Prophesy and Quality Wine in the West Bank

» More information and past schedules

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.

Carlos Moedas event poster

Carlos Moedas
With panel discussion by John Holdren, Rush D. Holt, and Venky Narayanamurti
April 19, 2017, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Science Center Lecture Hall A, 1 Oxford Street, Harvard University

Over a year ago, Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Science and Innovation, launched SAM - the Scientific Advice Mechanism, a new model to incorporate in a structured way the inputs of the scientific community in the decisions taken by the European Commission. In this talk, Mr. Moedas will address the rising importance of scientific advice in policy making, the need to build partnerships of trust between scientists and politicians, and the vital place of science in our contentious political environment. Video of this lecture is located here.

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Workshops and Panels

Editorial Aspirations event poster

April 26-28, 2017, 5:00PM-6:30PM, 8:45AM-5:00PM
Emerson Hall Room 105 and Tsai Auditorium

Co-sponsored by the Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University with support from Templeton Religion Trust; the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund; the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School; the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; and The Future Society.

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Program news

The Fall 2017 STS Circle schedule is now available here.

Congratulations to the winners of the STS Undergraduate Essay Prize Competition: Jacob Meisel, Leib Celnik, and Sophia Lugo! Check out their videos here.

Couldn't make our Science and Democracy Lecture with Carlos Moedas? Video of the lecture is now available here.

Missed Editorial Aspirations: Human Integrity at the Frontiers of BiologyWatch the video of the sessions and read the event report.

Curious about our public lecture with Jonathon Porritt on "Nuclear Chimeras: Britain's Slow Death as a Nuclear Power"? You can find the video here.

We're pleased to announce a new STS blog - First 100 Days: Narratives of Normalization and Disruption.

Wondering what we were up to in 2016? 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.

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.

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