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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.

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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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April 2022

Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on February 25, 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on March 25, 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on April 29, 2022 at 10:00 am

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May 2022

Lunch Seminar Series: Graduate Student Awardees

Details TBA

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September 2022

Grad Student Welcome Lunch

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

On Thursday 9/15 from 12:30-1:30 in 5055 Vilas Hall, the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies will host a welcome lunch and Q&A for graduate students affiliated with (or curious about) the Holtz Center,…

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Prof. B. Ian Hutchins, Information School

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

Reshaping the Research Enterprise On Zoom. https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/97226218352   Research has entered a phase of “hypercompetition”; current organizations and policies are straining under this pressure. Scientists seeking to remain competitive depend on publishing in artificially scarce…

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October 2022

Malia Jones, Assistant Professor in Community & Environmental Sociology

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

Falsehoods fly, and the truth comes limping after: Lessons learned on the front lines of the COVID-19 social media infodemic In March of 2020, Malia Jones accidentally stepped into the COVID-19 information maelstrom and, alongside…

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Paul Edwards, Director, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Stanford University

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Technology Eats History: Techno-Metabolism and Time in the Anthropocene Masks are strongly encouraged for this event. 8417 Social Sciences, 1180 Observatory Drive What we call “technology” today involves intensely concentrated metabolic processes, ingesting and transforming…

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Annette Zimmermann, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University

October 27 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Justice, AI, and the Importance of Choosing the Right Problem 5055 Vilas Also on Zoom: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/98434615561 In light of clear evidence of racial and gender bias in algorithmic decision-making across various domains, recent work on…

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November 2022

Cristina Mejia Visperas, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Southern California

November 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"to touch with our finger all the wounds": Knowledge in Captivity and the Problem of Freedom 5055 Vilas also on Zoom: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/95667478499 The Enlightenment tradition and its preoccupation with human progress conjoined rationality with liberation,…

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Claire Wendland

November 17 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ambivalent Technologies and Maternal Danger in Malawi 5055 Vilas also on Zoom: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/98906585030 Claire Wendland, Professor and Chair, Anthropology When Malawian experts described the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth, various tools and technologies were important…

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December 2022

Jen Rose Smith (dAXunhyuu), Assistant Professor Geography Department American Indian Studies Program

December 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Icy Matters: Race, Indigeneity, and Coloniality in Ice-Geographies 5055 Vilas https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/94048381593 ' Ice has long been used to create scientific and cultural imaginaries about the world, especially in regard to racialization and dispossession. In this…

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