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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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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.

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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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April 2018

Guest Event: Digital Performance + Seminar with Jackie Orr

April 26 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Guest Event: Digital Performance + Seminar with Jackie Orr Jackie Orr teaches and writes in the fields of cultural politics and performance, feminist technoscience studies, and contemporary theory. She is an associate professor of sociology at…

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Alejandro Meitin: Zonas de Contacto. La comprension de las artes en procesos de investigacion territorial

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Terra Incognita presents Alejandro Meitin: Zonas de Contacto. La comprension de las artes en procesos de investigacion territorial (Contact Zones. Understanding art in processes of territorial research) (in Spanish) Alejandro will present his work as founder…

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NEW FIRE — Screening in Madison

Join the UW American Nuclear Society and the Institute for Nuclear Energy Systems for this special free screening of THE NEW FIRE at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Stay for discussion with director David Schumacher!! What…

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May 2018

Brown Bag: Panel of Graduate Student Award Winners

May 3 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Panel of Graduate Student Award Winners Kate Carter, Political Science Elle LeClere, iSchool Christopher Holmes, Sociology Alexandra Lakind, Curriculum & Instruction Elle LeClere: Digitization is one of the most popular methods for increasing access to…

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Earth Observations & Modeling for Decision Making with Dr. David W. Fahey

May 10 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Earth Observations & Modeling for Decision Making Dr. David W. Fahey NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Earth’s changing climate is leading us into a new regime of impacts that pose unique challenges and decisions to…

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Dylan McLaughlin: Cause Lines Performance. Arts + Literature Laboratory

May 11 @ 7:00 pm
Art + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago Street
Madison, WI
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Terra Incognita presents Dylan McLaughlin: Cause Lines Performance. Arts + Literature Laboratory CauseLines will take the form of a multimedia musical performance co-presented with Space Relations Research Collective. This project engages a historic technology of…

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June 2018

WPT Broadcast: Big Data, Surveillance and Race

June 4 @ 3:30 pm

The Holtz Center’s February 22 Science & the Public event will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television.  The first broadcast will air on June 4 at 3:50 pm.   Big Data, Surveillance and Race Cecelia…

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The Home Indigenous Kitchen

June 6 @ 7:15 pm
Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI
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Please join the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) on June 6 for a presentation and cooking demo about new indigenous cooking by author Beth Dooley. “The Home Indigenous Kitchen” 7:15 pm, Wednesday, June 6…

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Science Is Not “Neutral”: Why Science Is Inherently Political: The Case of Agroecology

June 14 @ 5:30 pm
Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State Street
Madison, WI
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Science Is Not “Neutral”: Why Science Is Inherently Political: The Case of Agroecology This is the Sixth event of Food & the Wisconsin Idea’s 2018 series Hosted by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) at…

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August 2018

Deadline Extended: midweSTS 2018 Call for Abstracts

August 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR SUBMISSIONS: AUGUST 15, 2018 LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON | MADISON, WI DATES: OCTOBER 26-28, 2018 midweSTS invites graduate student submissions for a 3-day workshop addressing themes in critical, decolonial, feminist, anti-racist, transnational,…

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