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Klopsteg Lectures

All lectures are free open to the public, thanks to the generosity of The Klopsteg fund. They will be held in University Hall, Hagstrum Room 201, on Mondays from 4:30-6:00pm. 


Schedule for 2022-23

Fall Quarter

October 10 - Meghan Roberts, History - Bowdoin College and Laurie Wood, History - Florida State University

"Lost and Found: Science, Gender and Race in Enlightenment Guyane"

In 1767, the free woman of color Charlotte Dugée absconded from the Paris botanical expedition, for which she was a French state-appointed specimen illustrator, into the forests of Guyane, never to be heard from again. Unlike typical Enlightenment scientific practitioners – overwhelmingly white, male, Europeans – Dugée had been born in the Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue, a woman of mixed race and possibly recent manumission. But she had also attained the rare status of brevet, an official designation of expertise, usually granted to scientific practitioners with metropolitan reputations and royal patronage. This talk probes this paradox to center women of mixed race in the story of colonial and Enlightenment science.

October 17 - Victor Seow, History of Science, Harvard University - Co-Sponsored with the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Environmental Humanities Research Workshop

"The World that Carbon Made"

In this talk, historian of science and technology Victor Seow will be introducing his new book, Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia, which uses the history of East Asia’s onetime largest coal mine—the Fushun colliery—to examine the rise of fossil-fueled developmentalism in the region and, more broadly, the interplay between energy and power in the industrial modern age.

October 24 - Jori Lewis, Writer

Winter Quarter

February 6 - Santiago Molina, Sociology and Science in Human Culture, Northwestern University

"Social Control at the Edge of Science: Positive Deviance in Human Genome Editing"

February 27 - Michelle Haung, English, Northwestern University

March 6 - Emily Vasquez, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Spring Quarter

April 24 - Daniel Navon, Sociology, Univeristy of California-San Diego

May 1 - Anthony Ryan Hatch, Sociology, Wesleyan University

May 15 - Neil Safier, History, Brown University

May 22 - Kim Tallbear, Native Studies, University of Alberta

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