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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)
Cancerous Environments and the Global Search for Cancer’s Causes
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.

Sunita Narain event poster

Sunita Narain
With panel discussion by Sunil Amrith, Jody Freeman, and David S. Jones
December 4, 2017, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Emerson Hall, Room 105, 25 Quincy Street

The Indian environmental stories that are making international headlines are the ghastly air pollution and the nation's inability to control filth, garbage and sewage that are overwhelming its cities, rivers and fields. The other narrative linking India to the rest of the world is that India is the major villain in climate change. I ask, can India can beat the pollution game by following the trajectory of the western world? Won't capital and resource-intensive methods of environmental management simply add to the burden of inequality, and so to unsustainability? Also, is India the villain or the victim in international climate politics? Are there lessons in India for the global community in its fight against climate change? I will discuss how democracy and dissent must work together so that the environmentalism of the poor dictates the politics of change. Not just change in India, but change in the world.

» Lecture series archive

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.

» Workshops and panels archive

Program news

Join the Harvard STS Program as non-stipendiary fellow for 2018-2019! Apply by January 31, 2018.

Apply for a PhD in Public Policy with a special field in Science and Technology Policy Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School! Deadline: December 1st.

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.

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