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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.

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 2021

From Cement to Solar: Scenes from a Moroccan Anthropocene

April 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

From Cement to Solar: Scenes from a Moroccan Anthropocene STS Lunch Seminar with Daniel Williford, PhD, Assistant Professor, History Thursday, April 22, 12:30-1:30 pm, via Zoom Access via Zoom At first glance, cement and solar…

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Deadline: Undergraduate Research Opportunity

April 23 @ 5:00 pm

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies is active in enhancing undergraduate education through multiple activities, including its Certificate, Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering, and Society (ISSuES). One of…

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Deadline: Undergraduate Writing Competition

April 23 @ 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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May 2021

Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference 2021

May 20 @ 8:00 am - May 21 @ 5:00 pm

STS and the Future as a Matter of Collective Concern

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September 2021

Lunch Series Talk: Prof. Devin Kennedy

September 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Rewiring Wall Street: Institutions, Workers, and the Making of Electronic Stock Markets: 1950-1975 STS Lunch Seminar with Devin Kennedy, PhD, Assistant Professor, History Thursday, September 16, 12:30-1:30 pm, via Zoom Access via Zoom Between 1950…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Lunch Series Talk: Prof. Stephanie Tai

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

Representing Scientists as Amicus Curiae in Environmental Cases STS Lunch Seminar with Steph Tai, PhD, JD, Professor, Law School Thursday, September 30, 12:30-1:30 pm, via Zoom Access via Zoom Professor Steph Tai has represented numerous…

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October 2021

4S Annual Meeting 2021

October 6 @ 8:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm

Good Relations Practices and Methods in Unequal and Uncertain Worlds What does it mean in practice to strive towards good relations as humans, with technologies, in our modes of knowing, within environments, across distance, and…

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La Follette Forum: Climate Policy

October 6 @ 8:15 am - 7:00 pm
Union South and Online, 1308 W Dayton St
Madison, WI
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The La Follette School will host its second annual La Follette Forum, funded by the Kohl Initiative, on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. The daylong conference on climate policy will feature policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, and…

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Visiting Speaker Series: Prof. Nancy Langston

October 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Visiting Lecturer Nancy Langston, PhD Distinguished Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University Climate Ghosts: Migratory Species in the Anthropocene Thursday, October 14, 4:00-5:30 pm (central) Zoom Access Environmental historian Nancy Langston explores…

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