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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

Visiting Lecturer, Christina Dunbar-Hester

April 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Visiting Lecturer, Christina Dunbar-Hester Talk title and details TBD Participate via Zoom

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Deadline: Faculty & Staff Thematic Clusters 2021-23

April 16 @ 6:00 pm

In the spring of 2014, the Holtz Center initiated a new program to fund thematic clusters to advance research, teaching, and outreach on interdisciplinary topics within science and technology studies, and invited proposals from faculty…

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Facing the Environmental Mission: Small Farmers in Nicaragua and the Agro-Ecological Challenges of the Neoliberal Food Regime

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 20, 12-1 pm, via Zoom Nicaragua:   Birgit Muller “Facing the Environmental Mission: Small Farmers in Nicaragua and the Agro-Ecological Challenges of the Neoliberal Food Regime” The efforts of small development NGOs to introduce agro-ecology…

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STS Lunch Seminar with Daniel Williford

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

STS Lunch Seminar with Daniel Williford, PhD Assistant Professor, History Thursday, April 22, 12:30-1:30 pm, via Zoom Access via Zoom

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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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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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