University of Wisconsin–Madison

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.

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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September 2018

UW Science Meet-and-Greet

September 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The graduate student group, Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP), is hosting an informal meet-and-greet early this fall for graduate students and post-docs. CaSP hopes that this event will be an opportunity for attendees to learn…

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Brown Bag: Chris Barcelos

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

Queer Barriers: Safer Sex Technologies and the Politics of Risk In this talk I combine archival and interview-based research with the lens of feminist science studies to interrogate the politics of queer safer sex technologies.…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Astrida Neimanis Workshop

September 27 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI
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Becoming an Embodied Aquatic Sensory Apparatus Astrida Neimanis, Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, Australia         As terrestrial, bipedal, air-breathing creatures, our human capacity to know (research, investigate, understand)…

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Astrida Neimanis Lecture

September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Water, A Queer Archive of Feeling Astrida Neimanis, Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, Australia         Are we currently experiencing something we might call “Anthropocene trauma”? We are apparently…

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October 2018

Large-scale Genome-Wide Association Studies of Socioeconomic Outcomes

October 9 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

              Philip Koellinger (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) Large-scale Genome-Wide Association Studies of Socioeconomic Outcomes Organizers: Jenna Nobles and John Mullahy

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Wisconsin Science Festival

October 11 - October 14
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715
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The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with events across Wisconsin for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more. The Wisconsin Science Festival…

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2018 Cool Science Image Contest Exhibition

October 11
Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research, 9th Floor Vision Gallery
Madison, WI
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2018 marks the seventh year of the "Cool Science Image" contest—in which scientists, staff, and students from across the UW-Madison research landscape have participated. The intent of the contest is to draw out the alluring…

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Brown Bag: Amit Prasad

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

No, Critique Has Not Run Out of Steam: Post/De-Colonial Interventions and Science and Technology Studies  Amit Prasad, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the South Asian Studies Program at University of Missouri-Columbia.…

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An Evening with the Author: Dan Egan

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This year's Go Big Read selection: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. A portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the…

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