Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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STS Circle at Harvard

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The STS Circle at Harvard is a group of doctoral students and recent PhDs who are interested in creating a space for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences. We want to engage not only those who are working on intersections of science, politics, and public policy, but also those in the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture who have serious interest in exploring these areas together with social scientists and humanists.

There has been growing interest among graduate students and postdocs at Harvard in more systematic discussions related to STS. More and more dissertation writers and recent graduates find themselves working on exciting topics that intersect with STS at the edges of their respective home disciplines, and they are asking questions that often require new analytic tools that the conventional disciplines don’t necessarily offer. They would also like wider exposure to emerging STS scholarship that is not well-represented or organized at most universities, including Harvard. Our aim is to try to serve those interests through a series of activities throughout the academic year.

All meetings will take place on Mondays, from 12:15–2 pm, in Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, unless otherwise noted. Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to sts@hks.harvard.edu by Wednesday at 5PM the week before.

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Fall 2014

Sep. 8:
Aaron Mauck (Harvard, History of Science)
Social Molecules: Biomarkers and the New Data Imaginary in Social Science Research
Sep. 15:
David Lazer (Note: This event will meet in Pound Hall 200 at the Harvard Law School) (Northeastern, Political Science, )
Computational Social Science: The Use of 'Big Data' to Study Human Behavior
The event will meet in Pound Hall 200 at the Harvard Law School
Sep. 22:
Angie Boyce (Harvard, Robert Wood Johnson Fellow)
Chicken, Egg, or Cook? Foodborne Salmonellosis and Distributed Responsibility
Sep. 29:
Benjamin Morris (MIT, Catalyst Collaborative)
Science/Fiction: Dramatic Arts as a Medium for Translating Science
Oct. 6:
Scott Podolsky (Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital)
Antimicrobials and Public Health: From Serotherapy to Antibiotics (and Back)
Oct. 20:
Venkatesh Narayanamurti (Harvard, SEAS)
Bridging the Basic-Applied Dichotomy and the Cycle of Discovery and Invention
Oct. 27:
Zoe Nyssa (Harvard, HUCE/STS Fellow)
Ecologies of Paradox: A Typology of Scientific Surprise in the Anthropocene
Nov. 3:
Richard Rottenburg (University of Halle, Anthropology)
Emerging “Global Health” Institutions in Africa: Technologies and Significations
Nov. 6:
Martin Rees (Lord Rees of Ludlow)
Science and Democracy Lecture, Title and Location TBD
Nov. 10:
Naor Ben-Yehoyada (Harvard, Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
'I can feel the mafia but I can’t see it': An Anthropology of Forensic Knowledge
Nov. 17:
Heather Paxson (MIT, Anthropology)
Regulating Microbial Ecologies: Policy and Practice in Artisanal Cheesemaking
Nov. 24:
Canay Özden-Schilling (MIT, HASTS)
Economics Inside the Grid: Smart Grids, Power Systems Engineering, and Emergent Markets
Dec. 1:
Zara Mirmalek (Harvard, STS Fellow)
Democracy and the Deep-Sea: Telepresence and Public Participation in Remote Environments
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Spring 2014

Feb. 3:
David Engerman (Brandeis, History)
The Import of Expertise: Towards an International History of Indian Economic Planning
Feb. 10:
Rachel Rothschild (Yale, History of Science)
Modeling without 'Target' Maps: Scientific Cooperation on Atmospheric Pollution in the Cold War
Feb. 24:
Jana Cephas (Harvard, GSD)
'The Body is Like an Automobile Chassis': Visualizing Control at the Henry Ford Hospital
Mar. 3:
David Meshoulam (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Science Education Across Mass Ave: PSSC and the History of (Harvard) Project Physics, 1961-1970
Mar. 10:
Victor Seow (Cornell, History)
Carbon Technocracy: East Asian Energy Regimes and the Industrial Modern
Mar. 24:
Alberto Cambrosio (McGill, Social Studies of Medicine)
Mar. 31:
Rochelle Sharpe (Freelance Journalist)
Sex, Lies and Technology: A Journalist's Encounters with Bioethics and Big Data
Apr. 7:
Sherine Hamdy and Soha Bayoumi (Brown, Anthropology, and Harvard, History of Science)
'Doctors of the Revolution': Egypt's Political Uprisings and the Limits of Medical Neutrality
Apr. 14:
Joakim Juhl (Harvard, STS-SEAS)
Innovation Science in the Making: Theoretical Physics and Industrial Production in a Danish Factory
Apr. 21:
Susan Greenhalgh (Harvard, Anthropology)
Obesity, Inc.?: Fat Science and Policy in the People's Republic of China
Apr. 28:
Joyce Chaplin (Harvard, History)
Early Modern Climate Science: The View from British North America
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Fall 2013

Sep. 9:
Bridget Hanna (Harvard, Anthropology)
The Anthropologist and the Conspiracy Theory: Suspicion and Research after Bhopal
Sep. 16:
Daniel Kevles (Yale, History)
A, B, Seeds: Advertising, Branding, and IP in an Emergent Industry
Sep. 23:
Shobita Parthasarathy (University of Michigan, Ford School)
Making Democracy in the Patent System: Comparing the Life Form Patent Battles in the US and Europe
Sep. 30:
Alvaro Santana-Acuña (Harvard, Sociology)
The Three Sides of a Nation-State: Cadastral Triangulation and the Making of Modern France
Oct. 7:
Adam Bly (Seed Media Group)
A New Narrative for Science in America
Oct. 21:
Yanni Loukissas (Harvard, Berkman Center)
Data Narratives of the Arnold Arboretum
Oct. 28:
David Keith (Harvard, SEAS)
What we can learn from the failure of climate policy
Nov. 4:
James Bergman (Harvard, History of Science)
Working on Climatic Time: Climatology and Labor Practices in Postwar Industrial Agriculture
Nov. 11:
Sherry Turkle (MIT, STS)
The Dystopian Presented as the Utopian: Does the Internet lead us to forget what we know about life?
Nov. 18:
Nate Towery (MIT, STS)
(Not) Getting from Us to We: Expertise as a roadblock to change in U.S. environmental organizations
Nov. 25:
Andrew Barry (University College London, Human Geography)
Interrogating the Anthropocene
Dec. 2:
S.M. Amadae (University of Ohio, Political Science)
Imagining the Neoliberal Subject: Nuclear Deterrence and the Prisoner's Dilemma
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Spring 2013

Feb. 4:
Elizabeth Lunbeck (Vanderbilt/Harvard, History of Science)
Horrible Bosses: Analyzing Workplace Dysfunction
Feb. 12:
Jean Comaroff (Harvard, African and African American Studies/Anthropology)
Divine Detection: Crime and the Metaphysics of Disorder
Date and Location Change: Tuesday, HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street
Feb. 25:
Hanna Rose Shell (MIT/STS)
SPEAKER CANCELLATION: Shoddy Heap: Textile Waste Processing and Alien Flora
Mar. 4:
Ryan Shapiro (MIT/HASTS)
'A Vote Against Beagles is a Vote Against Apple Pie': The Pentagon Poison Gas Experiments, 1973-1975
Mar. 11:
Charles Rosenberg (Harvard, History of Science)
The Tyranny of Diagnosis: Disease in History and History in Disease
Mar. 25:
Lukas Rieppel (Northwestern,STS)
Assembling the Dinosaur: Money, Museums, and American Culture, 1870-1930
Apr. 1:
Brice Laurent (Ecole des Mines, Paris and Harvard, STS)
A Common European Space? Harmonizing the Sustainability of European Biofuels
Apr. 8:
Stephanie Dick (Harvard, History of Science)
Coded Collaboration: Doing Mathematics with Computers in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
Apr. 15:
Henry Turner (Rutgers, Radcliffe Institute)
Corporations in the Scientific and Political Life of Early Modern England
Apr. 22:
Henry Cowles (Princeton, History)
Vocabularies of Method: Pragmatism and the History of Science
Apr. 29:
Kaushik Sunder Rajan (Chicago, Anthropology)
Courting Innovation: The Constitution(s) of Indian Biomedicine
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Fall 2012

Sep. 10:
Christopher Kirchhoff (Department of Defense)
Fixing the National Security State: Commissions and the Politics of Disaster and Reform
Sep. 17:
Steven Epstein (Northwestern, Sociology)
Sexual Health as Buzzword: Competing Stakes and Proliferating Agendas
Sep. 24:
Shi-Lin Loh and Kyoko Sato (Harvard, EALC/Stanford STS)
Narrating Fukushima: Scales of a Nuclear Meltdown
Oct. 1:
Erik Aarden (Harvard, STS)
Distributing Genetic Medicine: The Politics of Health Care Access in Western Europe
Oct. 15:
Paul Forman (Smithsonian Institution, Emeritus)
Politico-legal Proceduralism, Belief in Scientific Method, and the Elevation of Means Over Ends in Modernity
Oct. 22:
Martin Mahony (University of East Anglia/Harvard STS)
The Predictive State: Science, Autonomy, and the Future of the Indian Climate
Nov. 5:
John Horgan (Stevens Institute of Technology, Science Writing)
Against Bio-Determinism
Nov. 12:
Alfred Moore (University College Cork, Philosophy)
Epistemic Disobedience
Nov. 19:
Dan Schrag (Harvard, HUCE)
The Timescale of Climate Change
Nov. 26:
Jeremy Blatter (Harvard, History of Science)
The Street as Psychological Laboratory: Hugo Münsterberg, Harold Burtt, and the 1914 Street Lighting Committee
Dec. 3:
Rebecca Lemov (Harvard, History of Science)
The Fantasy of Total Information: A Brief History of the Microcard
Dec. 10:
John Dixon (Harvard, History)
A Trackful Ocean: Ships' Routes on the Eighteenth-century Atlantic
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Spring 2012

Jan. 23:
Catherine Bliss (Brown University, Africana and STS)
Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice
Jan. 30:
Irus Braverman (SUNY Buffalo Law School)
The Nature of Zoos: Captive Animal Networks in North America
Feb. 6:
Conevery Valencius (University of Massachusetts Boston, History)
Historians and Earthquakes in the Central United States: Making the Past Clear when the Future Isn't
Feb. 13:
Jonathan Kahn (Hamline University, School of Law)
Not Fade Away: Race and the Politics of the Meantime in Biotech Patenting and Drug Development
Feb. 27:
Jessica Wang (University of British Columbia, History)
Physics, Emotion, and the Scientific Self in the Nuclear Age: Merle Tuve's Cold War
Mar. 5:
Clapperton Mavhunga (MIT, STS)
Why is the 'Social,' Not 'Technology,' the Central Subject in African(ist) History?
Mar. 19:
Sergio Sismondo (Queen’s University, Philosophy)
Pharma's Key Opinion Leaders: Valuing Conflicts of Interest and Independence
Mar. 26:
Judy Wajcman (LSE, Sociology)
Life in the Fast Lane? Towards a Sociology of Technology and Time
Apr. 2:
Stephen Hilgartner (Cornell University, STS)
Dis·en·closing Science
Apr. 9:
Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin, History of Science)
Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record
Apr. 16:
Christine Leuenberger (Cornell University, STS)
Politics of Maps in Israel
Apr. 23:
Maggie Curnutte (Harvard, STS)
I Consume, Therefore I Am: The Construction of the Genetic Citizen in the United States
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Fall 2011

Sep. 12:
Ann Blair (Harvard, History)
The Role of Note-Taking in Intellectual Activity—Early Modern Europe and Beyond
Sep. 19:
Rajeswari Raina (NISTADS, India)
Norms of Expertise—Agricultural Production and the Environment in India
Sep. 26:
Lindsay Smith (UCLA)
"Genetics is a Study in Faith": The Disappeared in Latin America, Science as Development, and the Fragility of Identification
Oct. 3:
Daniel Barber (Barnard College)
Phase-Change: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Solar Energy, 1946-
Oct. 17:
Gary Edmond (UNSW School of Law)
Advice for the Courts? Science Studies, Criminal Justice, and the Forensic Science Crisis
Oct. 24:
Joanna Radin (University of Pennsylvania)
Frozen Human Tissue and the Problem of Indeterminacy
Oct. 31:
Emma Frow (Edinburgh)
Making Big Promises Come True? Articulating and Realizing the Value of Synthetic Biology
Nov. 7:
Lee Vinsel (Harvard, HKS)
The Politics of the Dummy Light: Liberalism and US Federal Regulation of Technological Risk, 1960-1980
Nov. 14:
Sebastian Pfotenhauer (MIT)
Between Cultural Transfer and National Innovation Strategy: A Study of MIT's Recent International Collaborations
Nov. 21:
Wanda Liebermann (Harvard, GSD)
Body Building: Architectural Narratives of Dis/ability
Nov. 28:
Cristina Grasseni (Radcliffe Institute)
Skilled Visions: Critical Ecologies of Belonging
Dec. 5:
Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard Law & HKS)
Minds for Sale
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Spring 2011

Jan. 31:
Patrick Taylor (Children's Hospital, Harvard)
Virtue, Probability, Relationships, and Confusion: Conflicts of Interest and Incompletely Theorized Notions of Scientific Sainthood
Feb. 7:
Jo Guldi (Harvard Society of Fellows)
Britain Invents the Infrastructure State
Feb. 14:
David Jones (STS, MIT)
'Strange Facts,'Evocative Maps, and the Puzzles of Geographic Variation in Medical Practice
Feb. 28:
Christopher Winship (Sociology, Harvard)
Genesis of Justice: Boston Cops, Black Ministers, and Youth Violence
Mar. 7:
William Hurlbut (Stanford University Medical Center)
Stem Cells, Embryos, and Ethics: A Continuing Controversy
Mar. 21:
John Mathew (History of Science, Harvard)
Encountering Fauna in Late 18th- and Early 19th-century Euro-colonial India
Mar. 28:
Talia Fisher (Law, Tel Aviv University)
Probabilistic Sentencing
Apr. 4:
Ghislain Thibault (History of Science, Harvard)
Communicating Electricity: A Media Archaeology of Wireless Power Transmission
Apr. 11:
Duana Fullwiley (Anthropology, Harvard)
When State Economy and Population Biology Meet: The Powers of Association and 'Mild' Sickle Cell Anemia in Senegal, West Africa
Apr. 18:
Ruha Benjamin (Sociology, Boston University)
A Lab of Their Own: Genomic Sovereignty as Postcolonial Science Policy?
Apr. 25:
Xaq Frohlich (STS, MIT)
Accounting for Taste: Regulating Diet and Health on Food Labels
May. 2:
Eddie Haam (Applied Mathematics, Harvard)
Pattern Recognition Algorithm for Climate Sciences
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Fall 2010

Sep. 13:
I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard Law School)
Well, What About the Children?: Best Interests Reasoning, The New Eugenics, and the Regulation of Reproduction
Sep. 20:
Alex Csiszar (History of Science, Harvard)
Managing Science by Numbers: The Emergence of the Modern Scientific Journal
Sep. 27:
Pablo Boczkowski (Northwestern University)
News at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance
Oct. 4:
Christophe Bonneuil (CNRS and INRA-SenS, IFRIS, France)
To See or Not to See Transgenes in Mexican Landraces: Global Science and Cultural Domination
Oct. 18:
Sara Wylie (HASTS, MIT)
ExtrACT: Studying Chemicals and Corporations through STS in Practice
Oct. 25:
Shun-ling Chen (Harvard Law School)
Collaborative Authorship, from Folklore to the Wikiborg
Nov. 1:
Allison MacFarlane (George Mason University)
A Free-For-All? Impacts of Emerging Nuclear Energy Countries
Nov. 8:
Jamie Cohen-Cole (History of Science, Harvard)
Personifying Rationality: 1960s Social Science and the Problem of Objectivity
Nov. 15:
Ian Miller (History, Harvard)
Nov. 22:
Judith Layzer (Urban Studies and Planning, MIT)
Science and Storytelling in Environmental Politics
Nov. 29:
Joshua Greene (Psychology, Harvard)
The Moral Brain and How To Use It
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Spring 2010

Feb. 1:
Christopher Jones (Center for the Environment, Harvard)
Oil Landscapes: Pipelines, Environment, and Society, 1859-1900
Feb. 8:
Hallam Stevens (History of Science, Harvard)
What It Means to Be Productive: Seeing and Doing in a High-Throughput Genome Sequencing Center
Feb. 22:
Judy Norsigian (Our Bodies Ourselves)
Genetic Technologies and their Impact on Women's Health: Selected Case Studies
Mar. 1:
Sang-Hyun Kim (Hanyang University)
Seeing Beyond the Developmental State? Social Movements and the Politics of Science & Technology in South Korea
Mar. 8:
Jeff Skopek (Harvard Law School)
The Epistemology of the Commerce Clause
Mar. 22:
Laura Stark (Sociology, Wesleyan)
On Being Normal in Abnormal Places: A Scandal-Free History of Institutional Review Boards
Mar. 29:
Bill Rankin (History of Science, Harvard)
Standardization or Infrastructure? Cartography and the History of Geographic Space
Apr. 5:
Ben Hurlbut (STS, Harvard Kennedy School)
Representing Reason: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Public Bioethics
Apr. 12:
Archon Fung (Harvard Kennedy School)
The Principle of Affected Interests: The Circle of Inclusion in Contemporary Democracy
Apr. 26:
Jeremy Greene (History of Science, Harvard)
Generic Medicines and the Science of Similarity
May. 3:
Evelyn Fox Keller (STS, MIT)
Climategate, Science and Democracy
May. 3:
Daniel P. Carpenter (Government, Harvard)
Book launch and panel: Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA
4pm-6pm, Tsai Auditorium; see full program for details
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Fall 2009

Sep. 14:
Sam Schweber (History of Science, Brandeis)
Hans Bethe: Writing a Sociological Biography
Sep. 21:
Jimena Canales (History of Science, Harvard)
A History of A Tenth of a Second
Sep. 29:
Etienne Benson (Center for the Environment, Harvard)
Leviathan and the Whale
Oct. 5:
Harriet Ritvo (History, MIT)
Making Animals Wild
Oct. 19:
Samuel Evans (STS Program, Harvard)
Anomalies in the Classification of Technology: Illustrations from the Military/Non-Military Divide
Oct. 26:
Ian Schillinger (U.S. Navy)
Sea Stories: What the Nuclear Navy taught me about Systemic Risk
Nov. 2:
Daniel Metlay (U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board)
Yucca Mountain: Reflections on a Repository Sixty Years in the Making
Nov. 9:
Sophia Roosth (STS, MIT)
Crafting the Biological: Open-Sourcing Life Science, from Synthetic Biology to Garage Biotech
Nov. 16:
Jay Aronson (History, Carnegie Mellon University)
Truth Commissions: Technologies of Repair or Social Autopsies?
Nov. 23:
Mary-Jo Good (Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School)
Technologies of Intervention and Trauma Treatment in Postconflict Aceh, Indonesia
Nov. 30:
Kris Saha (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT)
Constructing and Deconstructing Disease in a Dish
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Spring 2009

Feb. 9:
Phil Loring (Harvard University)
Coaxing Black Boxes to Speak English: Verbal Computers as Boundary Machines in 1950s Linguistics
Mar. 2:
Michael B. McElroy (Harvard University)
Options for a Low-Carbon Energy Future
Mar. 16:
Andrew Jewett (Harvard University)
Before the Received View: Social Theories of Science in Interwar America
Mar. 30:
Harry R. Lewis (Harvard University)
Steps Toward an Undergraduate Concentration in Technology and Society
Apr. 6:
Nasser Zakariya (Harvard University)
Origins of Epic Authorship: A Vision of Scientific Synthesis in the 1990s
Apr. 13:
Claude Rosental (CNRS & Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
Public Demonstrations of Technology: Sociology and Politics
Apr. 20:
Vincent Lepinay (MIT)
Sketch of Derivation: Insights from Wall Street and Atlantic Africa
Apr. 27:
Andrew Lakoff (UCSD)
Cold War Systems in Crisis: The Concept of Resilience from Psychology to Ecology
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Fall 2008

Sep. 22:
Myles Jackson (Polytechnic University)
The History of CCR5: Intellectual Property and Human Genetics
Sep. 29:
Anders Blok (Copenhagen University)
Oct. 6:
Yochai Benkler (Harvard Law School)
The Science of Cooperation and Progressive Social Theory
Oct. 20:
Robert Truog (Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital)
Death, Brain Death, and the Ethics of Organ Transplantation
Oct. 27:
Alex Wellerstein (Harvard University)
Selling Secrecy: Laser Fusion, Classification, and the Turbulent 1970s
Nov. 3:
John Carson (University of Michigan)
Drawing Things Together: STS and the History of Science
    and at 4:00 pm, Science Center, Room 469,
    jointly sponsored by the Dept. of History of Science
What makes an "Unsound Mind"? Medicine, Law, and Competency in the Nineteenth-Century Courtroom
Nov. 17:
Sharon Traweek (UCLA)
Scientists' Career Narratives and Collaborative Research in Europe, Japan, and the US
Nov. 24:
Adelheid Voskuhl (Harvard University)
The Mechanics of Sentiment: Women Automata and the Culture of Affect in the European Enlightenment
Dec. 1:
Paul Shapiro (Humane Society of the United States)
Technology's Role in Factory Farming: Animal Welfare, Public Health, the Environment, and How to Make Progress
Dec. 8:
David Kaiser (MIT)
Searching for Stability: Nuclear Physics and Fraud at Cold War's End
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Spring 2008

Feb. 4:
Arthur A. Daemmrich (Harvard Business School)
Innovation in Degradation: Ecoflex at BASF, on the Market, and in the Compost
Feb. 13:
Mark Hauser (Department of Psychology, Harvard University)
Evolving a Moral Grammar: Domain-specificity, Origins, Universality and Moral Organs
Feb. 25:
Martyn Pickersgill (Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham)
The Neuroscience of Psychopathy: A Mundane Revolution?
Mar. 3:
Sara Shostak (Department of Sociology, Brandeis University)
Multiplicity in Practice: Towards a Genealogy of 'Gene-Environment Interaction'
Mar. 10:
Stuart A. Newman (Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, New York Medical College)
Evolution: the Public's Problem, and the Scientists'
Mar. 17:
R. P. Hagendijk (International School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Modes of Public Engagement in European S&T Governance
Mar. 31:
Felice Frankel (Envisioning Science Program, Initiative in Innovative Computing, Harvard University)
The Visual Expression of Science: More than Pretty Pictures
Apr. 7:
Sarah Jansen (Department of the History of Science, Harvard University)
Managing Whales, Wolves, and Eastern Europeans
Apr. 14:
Barbara Herrnstein-Smith (Department of English, Duke University)
Explaining Religion: Naturalism With and Without Scientism
Apr. 21:
Ellen Bales (History of Science and Technology, UC Berkeley)
Working Levels, Working Knowledge: Indoor Radon and the Environmental Protection Agency

Fall 2007

Oct. 9:
Ulrike Felt (Department of Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna, Austria)
Biomedical Technologies, Citizens and Their Epistemologies: Comparative Analysis of Knowledge Narratives in Public Assessment of Biomedical Technologies
Oct. 15:
Allan Brandt (Department of the History of Science, Harvard University)
Science, Risk, and Regulation: Lessons from the Tobacco Pandemic
Oct. 22:
Justus Lentsch (Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University, Germany)
Scientific Advice to Policymaking: Relation between Organizational Form and Function
Oct. 29:
Chris Kelty (Department of Anthropology, Rice University; and Department of the History of Science, Harvard University)
Imagining Neutrality: Recursive Publics, Free Software and Electronic Voting Machines
Nov. 5:
Philip Campbell (Editor-in-Chief, Nature)
Gaps in the Sciences of Human Enhancement
Nov. 19:
Les Boden and David Ozonoff (Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health; and Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy)
SKAPP: Scientists Look at Science and the Law
Nov. 26:
Daniel Sarewitz (Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University)
New Tools for Science Policy Making
Dec. 3:
Claire Donovan (Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University)
The Governance of Social Science: The Social Science that Dare Not Speak Its Name
Dec. 10:
Stefan Helmreich (Anthropology Program, MIT)
How the Ocean Got Its Genome: Bodies of Knowledge and Bodies of Water in Marine Microbiology

Spring 2007

Feb. 5:
Rebecca Herzig (Women and Gender Studies, Bates College)
Feb. 12:
Reading Galison / Minow: "Our Privacy, Ourselves in the Age of Technological Intrusions"
Feb. 26:
Martha Minow (Harvard Law School)
Mar. 5:
Reading Graeber: "Revolution in Reverse"
Mar. 12:
David Graeber (Anthropology, Yale University)
Mar. 19:
Richard Levins (Harvard School of Public Health)
Apr. 2:
Kathryn Packer (Dept. for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, UK)
Apr. 9:
Yaron Ezrahi (Political Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Apr. 16:
Peter Galison (History of Science, Harvard)
Apr. 23:
Arun Agrawal (Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan)
Apr. 30:
Joan Fujimura (Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Fall 2006

Sep. 16:
Discussion: STS among the Disciplines
Oct. 12:
Discussion of Readings by Michael Fischer
Oct. 16:
Michael Fischer (Professor of Anthropology and STS, MIT)
Nov. 6:
Fieldwork and Ethics in Genetics and Society Discussion led by Sarah Wagner (Anthropology, Harvard), Lindsay Smith (Anthropology, Harvard), and Xaq Frohlich (STS, MIT)
Nov. 13:
Diane Paul (Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health/UMass Boston)
Nov. 20:
Barbara Costa (Museum of Science, Boston)
Nov. 27:
Discussion of Readings by Michele Lamont
Dec. 4:
Michele Lamont (Professor of Sociology, Harvard University)
Dec. 11:
Brock Reeve (Executive Director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute)