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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November 2018

Fall Deadline: Graduate Student Research Travel Grants

November 1 @ 5:00 pm

Fall deadline: November 1 for Winter/Spring Cycle 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…

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A Reading: STS and the Great Lakes

November 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Discussion of a chapter from Go Big Read book, "Death & Life of the Great Lakes" by Dan Egan A portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of…

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Tackling Environmental Problems: the Wisdom of Science and Lived Experience

November 14 @ 8:45 am - 10:30 am

8:45 bagels and coffee 9:00-10:00 science-community panels 10:00-10:30 Q&A Tackling environmental problems relies on two-way communication between science and society. Join in for a conversation with scientists and community members involved in three efforts: Badger…

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Little Technologies / Big Histories Workshop

November 15 @ 8:00 am - November 16 @ 5:00 pm

“Little Technologies / Big Histories” is a workshop featuring on-going and in-progress research by UW students, fellows, and faculty. The workshop highlights the trans-regional, global, and “big” histories of small, portable technologies—including consumer goods, household…

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Asymmetries in Global Information and Language Technology, 1800 to the Present

November 15 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI
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"Asymmetries in Global Information and Language Technology, 1800 to the Present." Hilldale Lecture by Stanford historian Thomas Mullaney Whether for Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Japanese, or otherwise, the history of linguistically embedded and mediated technologies such…

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Science & Policy: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House

Science & Policy: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House Kei Koizumi, Senior Science Policy Advisor, American Association for the Advancement of Science Organized by Catalysts for Science Policy RSVP to

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Call for Open Panels: 4S NEW ORLEANS

November 17 @ 5:00 pm

                Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Call for Open Panels: 4S NEW ORLEANS September 4-7, 2019 Deadline: November 17, 2018 The purpose of calling for open…

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Brown Bag: Graduate Student Panel

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

featuring a graduate student panel with Chloe Haimson, Adam Hayes, Elena Hight and Wendy Li Lunch will be served.

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December 2018

Social and Biological Perspectives on the Role of Employment Policies of the 1930s on Aging

December 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

        David Rehkopf (Stanford University) Social and Biological Perspectives on the Role of Employment Policies of the 1930s on Aging Organizers: Jenna Nobles and John Mullahy

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

December 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


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