The Holtz Center is a gathering place for scholars across campus - events & courses include a broad array of themes from diverse analytical perspectives.

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Members of the Holtz Center are endlessly collaborating with other faculty and staff.

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STS offers students an opportunity to learn skills & approaches for understanding the political & cultural implications of new technologies.

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Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Science and technology studies (STS) is a growing field of study that seeks to understand how science and technology shape human lives and livelihoods and how society and culture, in turn, shape the development of science and technology.

History of The Holtz Center

In the 1990s, Bob and Jean Holtz made an initial commitment that created the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at UW-Madison.

A Message From Our Director

For the past decade, the Robert E. and Jean F. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies has promoted the understanding of science, technology, and medicine as fundamental human endeavors.

Graduate Program

The Ph.D. minor (Option A) in STS is offered to graduate students who are candidates for a Ph.D. degree in another department or program. The minor is open to students in all campus departments, including the humanities, social sciences, natural scie

Undergraduate Certificate

ISSuES offers undergraduate students an opportunity to interact with the social sciences and humanities in a way that emphasizes the relationship between science, technology, engineering and society.

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January 2019

Brown Bag: Doug Maynard

January 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Doug Maynard, Sociology

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February 2019

Screening of the bomb: Understanding Nuclear Weapons Through Art

Screening of the bomb. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Understanding Nuclear Weapons Through Art Join us for a film screening and discussion panel with Smriti Keshari, Filmmaker and Rachel Bronson, President,…

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Brown Bag

February 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Holtz Center Annual Meeting

February 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

time and location TBD

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Humanities without Boundaries Lecture, Françoise Vergès

Humanities without Boundaries Lecture, Françoise Vergès Free and open to the public.   This event is part of the Spring 2019 Sawyer Seminar Series: Interrogating the Plantationocene Examining the past and present of plantations, their…

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A Roundtable on the Anthropocene, with Gabrielle Hecht, Dan Richter, and Françoise Vergès

A Roundtable on the Anthropocene, with Gabrielle Hecht, Dan Richter, and Françoise Vergès Free and open to the public.   This event is part of the Spring 2019 Sawyer Seminar Series: Interrogating the Plantationocene Examining…

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Anthropocene Seminar with Gabrielle Hecht, Dan Richter, and Françoise Vergès

February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
175 Science Hall, 550 N Park Street
Madison, WI
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Anthropocene Seminar with Gabrielle Hecht, Dan Richter, and Françoise Vergès Must register in advance.   This event is part of the Spring 2019 Sawyer Seminar Series: Interrogating the Plantationocene Examining the past and present of…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

February 22, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
TBA
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Brown Bag: Ian Baird

February 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Political Ecology of Catastrophic Disasters versus Slow Violence: Thinking about the Impacts of the Xe Pian Xe Nam Noy Hydropower Dam in Southern Laos Ian G. Baird, Geography Associate Professor Department of Geography University…

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March 2019

Screening of “Cooked”

Details and time TBD For more information, contact eclark2@wisc.edu.

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