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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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September 2020

The Brand of Science and Why it Matters

September 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

STS Lunch Seminar with Todd Newman The Brand of Science and Why it Matters Todd Newman, Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Communication Thursday, September 24, 12:30-1:30 pm This event will be virtual | https://go.wisc.edu/z9b8kk | Meeting ID: 910…

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October 2020

Leveraging the Genome to Evaluate the Impact of the Social Environment

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

Leveraging the Genome to Evaluate the Impact of the Social Environment STS Lunch Seminar with Lauren Schmitz Lauren Schmitz, Assistant Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs Thursday, October 1, 12:30-1:30 pm This event will…

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STS Graduate Student Virtual Meet & Greet

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

STS Graduate Student Virtual Meet & Greet Thursday, October 15, 12:30-1:30 pm This event will be virtual | https://go.wisc.edu/z9b8kk | Meeting ID: 910 1140 4015 | Passcode: 623639 All are welcome. Join us for introductions and a…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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A Critical Appraisal of Diversity in Digital Knowledge Production: Segregated Inclusion of Knowledge Producers on YouTube

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

A Critical Appraisal of Diversity in Digital Knowledge Production: Segregated Inclusion of Knowledge Producers on YouTube STS Lunch Seminar with Kaiping Chen Kaiping Chen, Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Communication Thursday, October 29, 12:30-1:30 pm This…

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November 2020

Deadline: Holtz Center STS Mini-Fellowships

November 1 @ 6:00 pm

The pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of graduate student life. It has interrupted research, transformed teaching, and eliminated many on- and off-campus jobs. In order to support students during this time, the Holtz Center…

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SUGAR MACHINE: Medical Technologies and Plantation Legacies in the Caribbean Diabetes Epidemic

November 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Presented by: Amy Moran-Thomas, Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT.  Professor Moran-Thomas is interested in questions of ecological change and ethnographic approaches to science, technology, and chronic conditions. She received a PhD in Anthropology from Princeton…

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The Rise of Eco-Fascism: A Meta-Political Analysis

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

The Rise of Eco-Fascism: A Meta-Political Analysis STS Lunch Seminar with Frederic Neyrat Frederic Neyrat, Associate Professor, English Thursday, November 12, 12:30-1:30 pm This event will be virtual | https://go.wisc.edu/z9b8kk | Meeting ID: 910 1140 4015 |…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

November 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

tentative -- meeting will be held if needed

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Tortoises All the Way Down

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This event will feature and celebrate Holtz Center member, Elizabeth Hennessy and her new book. Please consider attending. The Nelson Institute invites you to a discussion and celebration of Vilas Associate Professor Elizabeth Hennessy’s 2020…

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