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News of the Consortium

April 2020
 United States Naval Observatory Joins the Consortium
The Consortium is delighted to welcome our newest member, the United States Naval Observatory. Since its founding in 1841, the US Naval Observatory has amassed culturally and scientifically significant materials relevant to the study of the intellectual, social and cultural history of the United States and beyond. As one of the most complete astronomical collections in the country, the USNO Library has important resources for the investigation into the history of science and technology. These resources can and should facilitate investigations into the dramatic changes in the fields of astronomy and physics, particularly in the 19th and 20th century.
 April Working Group Meetings and Events
April 2020 Working Groups
All of the Consortium working groups continue to meet online, as has been normal practice. If you have not already, join one or more of the groups, download the papers, and join the discussion online.

Biological Sciences
Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 6:30pm
Eben Kirksey, Institute for Advanced Study, Deakin University
We will discuss a chapter of his forthcoming book, The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans.

Malingering and Social Welfare Policy
Friday, April 3 2020 – 10:00am

Medicine and Health
Friday, March 6, 2020 – 3:30pm
Mary Fissell, Johns Hopkins University
Mary will share drafts of the introduction and Chapter 2 of a book in progress about Aristotle’s Masterpiece, now tentatively titled Before Sex Ed.

Under Tropical Skies: Science, Technology, and Society
Wednesday, April 8 2020 – 8:00am
Clark Alejandrino
The Science of Storms: Modern Meteorology in Guangdong’s Typhoon Space from the 1850s to the 1950s

Early Modern Science
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – 12:30pm
J.B. Shank will present his WIP titled “Europeans Telling of the World’s Beginnings Around 1700. Between Science and Religion, Prose, Verse, and Scripture, and Image and Text.”

Evolution and Hereditary in Brazil
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 12:00pm
Lilian Al-Chueyr Pereira Martins, Universidade de São Paulo
Precisa de título (title forthcoming)

Sciences of the Senses
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 3:00pm
Omar Nasim, University of Regensburg
“Ornamental Mind,” (work in progress).

History and Philosophy of Science
NOTE SPECIAL DATE
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 6:30pm
The group will continue reading The Ant Trap by Brian Epstein

Measuring Aurality; Interdisciplinary Histories of Disability, Technology, and Military Acoustics
Friday, April 17, 2020 – 1:30pm
David Suisman, “Harmonicas, Hospitals, and Hit Kits: Music in the U.S. Military in World War II,” work-in-progress.

April 2020 Events at
Member Institutions
Many events have been canceled, postponed, or moved online. Please click through to the host institution for details and updates.
April 2, 2020 – CANCELLED
Johns Hopkins University
Stagnant Pools and Low “Jungle”: Geographical Knowledge and Public Works in 19th Century Colonial Bombay
Urna Mukerjee

April 2, 2020 – POSTPONED
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Radiation Evangelists
Jeffrey Womack

April 6, 2020 – CHECK WITH HOST FOR UPDATES
Harvard University
Developing Empathetic Technologies with Communities of Color for Gun Violence Protection
Desmond U. Patton

April 6, 2020 – CANCELLED
University of Pennsylvania
The Two-Cultures Question in the Early Decades of the Salk Institute
Robert Westman

April 7, 2020 – CANCELLED
Yale University
Richard Zhang – Title TBD
Richard Zhang

April 7, 2020 – CHECK WITH HOST FOR UPDATES
Princeton University
Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable
Julie Livingston

April 9, 2020 – CANCELLED
Johns Hopkins University
Maladjustment and the Milieu: Thomas Rennie, Parergasia, and the Meyerian Origins of Social Psychiatry
Michael Healey

April 13, 2020 CHECK WITH HOST FOR UPDATES
Harvard University
Chemical Harmonies: The Politics of Standardized Practices and Controls
Colleen Lanier Christensen

April 13, 2020 CANCELLED
University of Pennsylvania
Overwhelmed, Alone, and Uncool: Visions of the Listener in Algorithmic Recommendation
Nick Seaver

April 13, 2020 – POSTPONED
Yale University
Defining Disabilities: Agent Orange, Veterans, Children, and the US Government
Leslie Reagan

April 16, 2020- CHECK WITH HOST FOR UPDATES
Johns Hopkins University
Beyond Science in the Fields: Hybrid Seeds, Race, and Land in the Making of the Green Revolution
Gabriela Soto Laveaga

April 16, 2020 – CANCELLED
The Huntington Library
Historia Plantarum
Alain Touwaide

April 20, 2020 – CHECK WITH HOST FOR UPDATES
Harvard University
TBA
Meg Perret

April 20, 2020 – CANCELLED
University of Pennsylvania
HSSC Workshop: Mary Morgan
Mary Morgan

April 27, 2020 – CHECK WITH HOST FOR UPDATES
Harvard University
Enduring Cancer: Life, Death and Diagnosis in Delhi
Dwai Banerjee

April 27, 2020 – CHECK WITH HOST FOR UPDATES
University of Pennsylvania
Senior Thesis Symposium

April 27, 2020 – CANCELLED
Yale University
Yale Colloquia: Nasser Zakariya
Nasser Zakariya

April 30, 2020 – CHECK WITH HOST FOR UPDATES
Newberry Library
Technology Then and Now: Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues
Paula Findlen and Joel Mokyr

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