Past Events

  • 2015 Feb 03

    Cornel Zwierlein

    Registration Closed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center 469

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  • 2014 Nov 20

    A History of Death

    Location: 

    Thompson Room, Barker Center
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    "A History of Death" is the inaugural lecture of this year's Death and Dying Series, part of the Mahindra Humanities Seminar. Death and the dead body have always played the role of political battleground.Yet death’s fraught relationship with the political has not remained constant through time—pre-modern responses to death differ drastically from those of the present day.

  • 2014 Nov 17

    Hannah Marcus (Stanford University) - From a Medical Republic of Letters to the Index of Prohibited Books

    Registration Closed 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room, Harvard University, 35 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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    Hannah will be presenting a paper based on the first chapter in her dissertation "Banned Books: Medicine, Readers, and Censors in Early Modern Italy".  She will explore the reactions of members of the medical republic of letters to the Pauline Index of 1559, the first papally issued Index of Prohibited Books, which prohibited works by German Protestants and explicitly banned many of the most important members of the medical community.
  • 2014 Oct 21

    A Conversation about Digital Humanities + Introduction to Time Tools

    Registration Closed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center 469

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    In this first of an inter-working group initiative to familiarize participants with the digital humanities, Allyssa Metzger (G3, History of Science) will coordinate a conversation about what "digital humanities" means in practical terms to grad students.  We ask that participants familiarize themselves with the readings attached/linked below, as well as look at DiRT in order to generate conversation about what tools we might collectively workshop in future sessions.

  • 2014 Sep 23

    Devin Kennedy - Picturing a Discipline: Portraiture and the History of Science, 1913-1933

    Registration Closed 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center 469

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    Throughout its first two decades in print, the leading journal in the History of Science, Isis, published numerous portraits of scientists, facsimiles of medallions depicting scientists, and advertisements concerning the construction of commemorative statues in honor of scientists, some recently deceased, others long passed.

  • 2014 Apr 17

    Surekha Davies - What is a Werewolf? Genres, Practices and Cataloguing Monsters from the Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution

    Registration Closed 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center 469

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    This talk is about the history of European notions of what it meant to be human between the late Middle Ages and the Scientific Revolution. I argue that the category of human was shaped by the category of the monster, and show how practices of classifying and describing monsters in different textual traditions changed notions of the boundaries between human, monster and animal. Three case-studies I examine in this talk are the werewolf, the headless people of Guiana described by Sir Walter Raleigh, and the Patagonian giant.

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