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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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March 2019

Humanities without Boundaries Lecture, Michelle Murphy

Humanities without Boundaries Lecture, Michelle Murphy 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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Visiting Lecturer: Michelle Murphy

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Making Room for the Already Here: Toxic Violence and Decolonial Futures Visiting Lecturer, Michelle Murphy, Professor, History and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto, Director of the Technoscience Research Unit The capitalocene posits a world…

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A Roundtable on the Capitalocene, with Shona Jackson, Jason Moore, and Michelle Murphy

A Roundtable on the Capitalocene, with Shona Jackson, Jason Moore, and Michelle Murphy 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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Capitalocene Seminar with Shona Jackson, Jason Moore, and Michelle Murphy

March 29 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Capitalocene Seminar with Shona Jackson, Jason Moore, and Michelle Murphy 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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2019-2021 Thematic Cluster Deadline

March 29 @ 6:00 pm

Call for Proposals Thematic Clusters in Science and Technology Studies 2019-2021 The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies invites proposals to create a thematic cluster to advance research, teaching,…

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April 2019

Deadline: Top-Up Fellowships for Continuing Graduate Students in Science and Technology Studies

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies offers a program of top-up fellowships for continuing graduate students with research interests in the field of science and technology studies, broadly…

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Deadline: Graduate Student Research Travel Grants

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies invite proposals for travel grants of up to $1,000 from graduate students working on STS-related research, that is, research on the intersections…

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Deadline: Summer Scholar Awards

April 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies invites applications from UW-Madison doctoral students for research support for the summer each spring. Applicants may come from any disciplinary background as…

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Brad Kerr Brown Bag: Gender Differences in College Students’ Alcohol Representations in Facebook Status Updates

April 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Brad Kerr, Pediatrics Gender Differences in College Students’ Alcohol Representations in Facebook Status Updates College student alcohol use is associated with morbidity and mortality, especially among males. Toward understanding social media’s role in communicating alcohol-related…

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Undergraduate Writing Competition

April 15 @ 5:00 pm

Have you written in the fall or are you writing a paper this spring on a theme related to how science and technology affect and are affected by social, political, cultural, or economic life? Are…

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