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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.

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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September 2022


September 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Prof. B. Ian Hutchins

September 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Reshaping the Research Enterprise Research has entered a phase of “hypercompetition”; current organizations and policies are straining under this pressure. Scientists seeking to remain competitive depend on publishing in artificially scarce space in prestigious journals.…

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October 2022

Malia Jones, Assistant Professor in Community & Environmental Sociology, she/her/hers

October 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Falsehoods fly, and the truth comes limping after: Lessons learned on the front lines of the COVID-19 social media infodemic In March of 2020, Malia Jones accidentally stepped into the COVID-19 information maelstrom and, alongside…

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Annette Zimmermann, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University

October 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Justice, AI, and the Importance of Choosing the Right Problem In light of clear evidence of racial and gender bias in algorithmic decision-making across various domains, recent work on algorithmic justice has focused on optimizing…

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November 2022

Cristina Mejia Visperas, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Southern California

November 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"to touch with our finger all the wounds": Knowledge in Captivity and the Problem of Freedom

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Claire Wendland

November 17 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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December 2022

Jen Rose Smith

December 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Icy Matters: Race, Indigeneity, and Coloniality in Ice-Geographies  

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February 2023

Sedona Chinn

February 2, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Reginald Royston

February 16, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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March 2023

Mrill Ingram

March 2, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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