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2010-2011 Klopsteg Lecture Series

All lectures are open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Klopsteg fund, and (unless indicated otherwise below) are held in the Hagstrum Room (University Hall Room 201) on Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm.

Program Director: Professor Steve Epstein (Sociology)

FALL 2010

October 4, 2010

Joe Dumit (Anthropology Department and Director of Science and Technology Studies, University of California, Davis)
“Risk Trafficking and Drugs for Life: Maximizing Health through Facts and Pharmaceuticals”

October 11, 2010

Carla Nappi (History Department, University of British Columbia)
“Illegible Cities: Translating Nature in Early Modern China”

October 25, 2010

Tom Waidzunas (SHC Postdoc in Sociology, Northwestern; Sociology Department, Temple University)
“No Evidence of Efficacy, Potential for Harm: Relegating Sexual Reorientation Therapies to the Scientific Fringe in the United States, 2000-2009”

November 8, 2010

Tania Munz (SHC Postdoc in History, Northwestern; Linda Hall Library)
“Narrating the Hive: Early-Twentieth-Century Investigations into the Social Order of the Honeybees”

November 15, 2010

Domenico Bertoloni Meli (History and Philosophy of Science Department, Indiana University)
“Problematic Evidence in 17th Century Anatomical Research”


January 24, 2011 - humanities institute seminar room, kresge 2-370

Alexandra Stern (American Culture, University of Michigan)
"Calculating Uncertainty: Genetic Counseling and the Development of Genetic Risk in the United States"

January 31, 2011

Thom McDade (Anthropology Department, Northwestern)
“Linking Society, Biology, and Health: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Human Population Biology”

February 28, 2011

Lynn Nyhart (History of Science Department, University of Wisconsin)
"Scaling Up: The General, the Special, and the Emergence of the 'Modern' Life Sciences"


April 4, 2011

Shobita Parthasarathy (School of Public Policy, University of Michigan)
“Breaking the Expertise Barrier: The New Politics of the Patent System in the United States and Europe”

April 21 - 12:30 pm, 1950 Chicago Ave., Parkes Hall 222. Co-sponsored with Department of Sociology.
Stefan Timmermans (Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA)
"Neither Sick Nor Normal: The Social Ontology of Newborn Screening"

May 2, 2011

Joseph Masco (Anthropology Department, University of Chicago)
"Pre-empting Biosecurity"

May 9, 2011

Michael Lynch (Science and Technology Studies, Department, Cornell University)
"DNA Exceptionalism: How forensic DNA profile evidence became (allegedly) unassailable, and why that is troubling"

May 16, 2011

Jan Golinski (Chair, History Department, University of New Hampshire)
"Sublime Science in the Late Enlightenment: Adam Walker and the Eidouranion"

May 23, 2011

Sandy Sufian (Medical Education Department, University of Illinois at Chicago)
"Pathology and the Adoption Triad"