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The Holtz Center is a gathering place for scholars across campus - events & courses include a broad array of themes from diverse analytical perspectives.

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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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October 2018

Brown Bag: Annie Menzel

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Doula Care as Justice Technology Since the early 1970s, alternative birth advocates have tended to oppose themselves to mainstream obstetrics in terms of technology: in the influential formulation of anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd, the standard hospital…

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MidweSTS Grad Student Network Meeting

October 26 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm

The Holtz Center will be hosting the MidweSTS Grad Student Network meeting on the weekend of October 26-28, 2018. Please visit for up to date information and details. MidweSTS invites graduate student submissions for a…

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MidweSTS Grad Student Network Meeting Keynote: Michael Mascarenhas

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

MidweSTS Grad Student Network Meeting Keynote speaker: Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California at Berkeley Details TBD    

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Displaced Horizons

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
George L. Mosse Humanities Building, 455 North Park Street, Room 7240
Madison, WI
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Displaced Horizons is a multimedia project focusing on water infrastructures’ socio-cultural and historical complexities to encourage a re-visioning of current water systems. This event attends to often-overlooked technological entanglements to create an aesthetic and experiential reorientation towards…

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Biological Mediators and Moderators of Social Disadvantage

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

Photo by Eva Menezes/ISR               Colter Mitchell (University of Michigan) Biological Mediators and Moderators of Social Disadvantage Organizers: Jenna Nobles and John Mullahy

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November 2018

Fall Deadline: Faculty/Staff Travel Grants

November 1 @ 5:00 pm

Fall deadline: November 1 for travel January 1 - June 29 The Holtz Center is pleased to offer travel awards of up to $1000 to Holtz Center faculty and staff members presenting STS-related research at…

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Fall Deadline: Graduate Student Research Travel Grants

November 1 @ 5:00 pm

Fall deadline: November 1 for Winter/Spring Cycle The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies invite proposals for travel grants of up to $1,000 from graduate students working on STS-related…

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A Reading: STS and the Great Lakes

November 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Discussion of a chapter from Go Big Read book, "Death & Life of the Great Lakes" by Dan Egan A portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of…

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Little Technologies / Big Histories Workshop

November 15 @ 8:00 am - November 16 @ 5:00 pm

“Little Technologies / Big Histories” is a one-day workshop featuring on-going and in-progress research by UW students, fellows, and faculty. The workshop highlights the trans-regional, global, and “big” histories of small, portable technologies—including consumer goods,…

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Brown Bag: Graduate Student Panel

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

featuring a graduate student panel (participants TBD)

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