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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

The Nature of Curiosity: An Educational Counter-Memory of a Scientific Object

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

The Nature of Curiosity: An Educational Counter-Memory of a Scientific Object STS Lunch Seminar with Chris Kirchgasler, PhD Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Thursday, April 8, 12:30-1:30 pm, via Zoom Access via Zoom Today’s child…

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Hacking Beyond Diversity: Conscience, Politics & Practice in Feminist Hacking

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

Visiting Lecturer, Christina Dunbar-Hester, PhD Associate Professor of Communication, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Hacking Beyond Diversity: Conscience, Politics & Practice in Feminist Hacking Thursday, April 15, 4:00 pm, via…

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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

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 in remote and mountainous regions of…

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From Cement to Solar: Scenes from a Moroccan Anthropocene

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

From Cement to Solar: Scenes from a Moroccan Anthropocene STS Lunch Seminar with Daniel Williford, PhD, Assistant Professor, History Thursday, April 22, 12:30-1:30 pm, via Zoom Access via Zoom At first glance, cement and solar…

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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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September 2021

Lunch Series Talk: Prof. Devin Kennedy

September 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Rewiring Wall Street: Institutions, Workers, and the Making of Electronic Stock Markets: 1950-1975 STS Lunch Seminar with Devin Kennedy, PhD, Assistant Professor, History Thursday, September 16, 12:30-1:30 pm, via Zoom Access via Zoom Between 1950…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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