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Lucas Richert Brown Bag | Jan 30

Contested Cannabis: Perspectives on (Medical) Marijuana from the Past & Present

Join the Holtz Center for our first STS brown bag of the semester.

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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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

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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 2019

History Department Colloquium: Technologies of the State

November 11, 2019 @ 11:50 am - 1:20 pm
Curti Lounge, Humanities, Rm. 5233 Mosse Humanities Bldg + Google Map

History of Science Brown Bag Technologies of the State “Cross Cultural Canals and the Control of Water in the Global Enlightenment” Alexander Statman A.W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow “History of Technology for the State : The…

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From Daffy’s Elixir to Dinitrophenol: Medicines and Their Early Regulation in America

November 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
1116 Rennebohm Hall, School of Pharmacy + Google Map

From Daffy's Elixir to Dinitrophenol: Medicines and Their Early Regulation in America John Swann, PhD, Historian, Food and Drug Administration Wednesday, November 13, 2:00-3:00 pm, 1116 Rennebohm Hall Refreshments will be provided. John Swann is…

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A Roundtable on Value/Economy

November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

The third series of events related to the Sawyer Seminar: Interrogating the Plantationocene: A UW-Madison Mellon Sawyer Seminar is right around the corner! The November events explore the theme of "value/economy". - VALUE/ECONOMY EVENTS -…

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Value/Economy Workshop

November 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

The third series of events related to the Sawyer Seminar: Interrogating the Plantationocene: A UW-Madison Mellon Sawyer Seminar is right around the corner! The November events explore the theme of "value/economy". - VALUE/ECONOMY EVENTS -…

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The Character of Science: A Virtue Theoretic Account

November 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Character of Science: A Virtue Theoretic Account Robert T. Pennock, PhD, Michigan State University Philosophers, historians and sociologists are used to analyzing the character of science in methodological and social terms, though these perspectives…

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Deadline for proposals: Environmental Justice in Multispecies Worlds: Land, Water, Food

November 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Call for proposals: Environmental Justice in Multispecies Worlds: Land, Water, Food An interdisciplinary graduate student conference hosted by the Center for Culture, History, and Environment University of Wisconsin–Madison March 6-8, 2020 multispeciesjustice.org The Center for…

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Ethics, Agency, and Automated Decision Systems

November 21, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ethics, Agency, and Automated Decision Systems A Brown Bag with Alan Rubel, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, Information School; Director, Center for Law, Society & Justice Algorithmic systems and predictive analytics play an increasingly important role in…

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December 2019

Brown Bag: Graduate Student Award Winner Panel

December 5, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join The Holtz Center for lunch and hear about some of the exciting student work recently supported by the center. Lunch will be served.   Siddharth Menon (Geography) 2018-2020 Top-Up Fellowship Winner Siddharth Menon is…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meting

December 6, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Fall Term Holtz Center Student Meet & Greet

December 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Kelsey Wright’s Home (near Capital), Location to be distributed to attendees
Madison, WI
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STS Students are invited to the Fall Holtz Center Student Meet and Greet on December 10th. This is a Holtz Center-sponsored end-of-year gathering of students interested in STS. This event will be at Kelsey Wright's…

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