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KLOPSTEG LECTURE SERIES

 

Klopsteg Lecture Series, 2014-15

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 4pm-5:30pm.

Poster of SHC lectures.

FALL 2014

September 29, 2014

GEORGE STEINMETZ: Sociology, University of Michigan

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October 13, 2014

MORANA ALAC: Communication and Science Studies, UC San Diego

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October 27, 2014

JAVIER LEZAUN: Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford

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November 10, 2014

NORTON WISE: History, Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA

"The Steam-Powered Gardens of Industrializing Berlin"

Description: The naturalistic beauty of the large landscape gardens in and around Berlin attracts residents and tourists alike. It is not often remarked today, however, that the gardens were built during the nineteenth century with steam engines at their heart, nor that their aesthetic quality derives in part from the engines (now electric motors) that power them. It was not always so. Originally the engines were intended to be celebrated by a wondering public, who visited them in their often splendid houses, designed by such architects as Schinkel and Persius. Over the course of the century, as industrialization developed, ownership of steam-powered gardens continually expanded, from the royal family to individual entrepreneurs to bourgeois colonies to the larger public. The gardens and their engines, therefore, provide a unique opportunity to view the social history of industrialization literally on the ground, by making the now-invisible technology visible once again and by reuniting it with the aesthetics of the gardens.

November 17, 2014

SHEILA WILLE: History, University of Chicago

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WINTER 2015

January 26, 2015

KATJA GUENTHER: History, Princeton University

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February 16, 2015

MATTHEW KOPEC: Northwestern

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February 23, 2015

LAURA PEDRAZA-FARIÑA: Law, Northwestern University

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March 2, 2015

EDEN MEDINA: Informatics and Computing & History, Indiana University

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March 9, 2015

JAMES DELBOURGO: History, Rutgers University

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SPRING 2015

May 4, 2015

STEVEN SHAPIN: History of Science, Harvard University

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Special event:
May 8-9, 2015
Making Knowledge and the Problem of Place: A Midwest Conference for Science and Technology Studies
Keynote Speaker on May 8:
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