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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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February 2019

Screening of The Bomb: Understanding Nuclear Weapons Through Art

Screening of The Bomb. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Understanding Nuclear Weapons Through Art Join us for a film screening and discussion panel with Smriti Keshari, Filmmaker and Rachel Bronson, President,…

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Holtz Center Annual Meeting

February 13 @ 4:00 pm
Steenbock’s on Orchard, 330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI
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Brown Bag: Doug Maynard

February 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

STS Observations Concerning Forensic and Clinical Encounters Involving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Doug Maynard, Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology, UW-Madison and Harold and Arlene Garfinkel Faculty Fellow Perceived inappropriate social behavior is a central feature…

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Deadline: Top-Up Fellowships for Recruiting New Graduate Students

February 15 @ 5:00 pm

The Holtz Center announces its 2019 competition for top-up fellowships for admitted graduate students. The fellowships are designed to help recruit graduate students who plan to work on topics in science and technology studies, construed…

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Humanities without Boundaries Lecture, Gabrielle Hecht

Humanities without Boundaries Lecture, Gabrielle Hecht Free and open to the public.   This event is part of the Spring 2019 Sawyer Seminar Series: Interrogating the Plantationocene Gabrielle Hecht's Humanities Without Boundaries talk examines mine…

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A Roundtable on the Anthropocene, with Gabrielle Hecht, Dan Richter, and Paul Robbins

A Roundtable on the Anthropocene, with Gabrielle Hecht, Dan Richter, and Paul Robbins Free and open to the public.   This event is part of the Spring 2019 Sawyer Seminar Series: Interrogating the Plantationocene Examining…

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Anthropocene Seminar with Gabrielle Hecht, Dan Richter, and Paul Robbins

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
175 Science Hall, 550 N Park Street
Madison, WI
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Anthropocene Seminar with Gabrielle Hecht, Dan Richter, and Paul Robbins Must register in advance.   This event is part of the Spring 2019 Sawyer Seminar Series: Interrogating the Plantationocene Examining the past and present of…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

February 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Million Dollar Hoods: Mapping the Fiscal and Human Cost of Mass Incarceration in Los Angeles

February 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Million Dollar Hoods: Mapping the Fiscal and Human Cost of Mass Incarceration in Los Angeles Kelly Lytle Hernandez, UCLA - Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture Dr. Lytle Hernandez’s talk will be followed by a reception in the…

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Deadline for Projects: Rosemary Collard Workshop

February 22 @ 5:00 pm

Geographer Rosemary Collard will be visiting UW-Madison on Friday, March 8th to participate in a writing workshop hosted by the Environmental Justice in a Multispecies World research group. We’re looking for participants interested in having their work-in-progress discussed…

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