Science in Human Culture at Northwestern University
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Klopsteg Lecture Series, 2010-11

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

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)
“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)
“Narrating the Hive: Early-Twentieth-Century Investigations into the Social Order of the Honeybees”

November 15, 2010
Domenico Bertoloni Meli (Chair, 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 (History of Medicine, 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 (Chair, 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 (Department of Sociology, 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 Hamphsire)
"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"


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Science in Human Culture, 020 University Hall, 1897 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208
tel: 847-491-3525 | fax: 847-467-2733
Director: Steven Epstein, University Hall, Room 025,
Administrator: Natasha Dennison, University Hall, Room 020,