Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

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Join the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Science, Technology and Society’s (STS) Undergraduate Fellowship for the fall semester! Join a cohort of peers in diving into the field of STS to grapple with the ways in which science and technology are molding and reflecting ideas of desirable human futures, interacting with the politics of innovation, shaping human rights and inequality, or being subjected to mechanisms of democratic institutions. Learn from and discuss with leading scholars across STS and a diverse range of fields while developing a new set of analytical problem-solving skills. If you ever wanted to better understand opposition to vaccines? Misinformation in a “post-truth” world? How efforts to address climate change emerge at the global level in relation to local interests? The place of science and technology (S&T) in a world increasingly defined by various kinds of “risk”? If you’re interested in any of these questions — or, more broadly, intersections of science, technology, public policy and politics, and society — apply below to join for the fall semester!

Click here to learn more and apply by May 13th! The Fellowship will meet weekly every Monday afternoon over the fall semester.

Workshop: Regulatory Challenges in Technological Societies - Dialogue between the U.S. and Brazil, Friday, April 7, 2023, 9:30 -5:00 PM, HKS, Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor. Click here to learn more. Register for in-person attendance.
Spring Science & Democracy lecture is back in-person since 2019. AI for CITIES or CITIES for AI? Who should decide? with Keynote lecturer Bill de Blasio, former Mayor of New York City, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Harvard Science Center, Hall A, 1 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA. Click here to learn more and register.  
Learn about the Harvard STS Secondary Field at our Open-House, Thursday, Dec 1, 2022, Nye A, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.
The STS program celebrated its 20th anniversary with a symposium on Science, Technology and the Human Future, Nov 3-5, 2022.

Welcome to STS

Science and technology permeate every aspect of our lives, from the most private decisions about reproduction and medical treatment to the most public choices concerning risk, development, security, and the quality and sustainability of the human environment. Virtually every dilemma that confronts people and governments in contemporary societies demands significant engagement with science and technology.

The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government provides unique resources for coping with the resulting challenges for scientific and technological innovation, civil liberties, informed citizenship, and democratic government. Learn more.

 



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Events

STS Circle at Harvard

Austin Clyde
September 25, 2023, 12:15-2:00PM.
CGIS South S050, 1730 Cambridge Street
Bill de Blasio
With panel discussion by Mike Firestone, Sharad Goel, Antoine Picon, and Ya-Wen Lei.
March 28, 2023, 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Science Center, Lecture Hall A, 1 Oxford Street

Two panels exploring where next for biosecurity

20 April, 2023, 9am-1pm.
Room 434, Wexner Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St

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