HPS Colloquia 2014 - 2015

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The colloquium meets generally three times per quarter on Thursdays at 4:15
in the Lane History Building, Room 307, unless noted below.


  • Brad Harris, History graduate student, presenting his current work to the History of Science workshop

    5:30PM, November 19, 2014

    History Building 200 room 202


  • Norton Wise Norton Wise, University of California, Los Angeles

    "Narrative Knowing"

    This fall we are pleased to offer a series of guest seminars by Norton Wise called Narrative Knowing. Graduate students may register for HIST 344 or PHIL 344 on a credit/no credit basis, but are also welcome to attend individual sessions as auditors. The five week series will be held Tuesday and Thursdays, 5:15- 6:05pm between Oct. 27 - Dec. 5th, with no meeting the week of Thanksgiving holiday. As the basis for discussion there will be one, or at most two, readings per meeting. Location: changed to Lane History room 202.

    Here is the course description: Philosophers and historians have been debating the status of narrative explanation for well over 50 years. Until quite recently, a supposed dichotomy between natural science and history has shaped the discussion. Beginning from the origins, history, and limitations of the dichotomy, this seminar will explore how claims for narrative understanding and explanation have come to occupy an increasingly important role in the natural sciences as well as the social sciences. Some classic contributors are Hempel, Danto, Mink, Kuhn, White, Ricouer, Geertz, and Ginzburg. Current authors include Roth, Rheinberger, Kitcher, Beatty, Morgan, and (yes) Wise.


    In addition, we will have another Conversation with Norton Wise, Monday Dec. 1st at 5:30pm. History Building 200, room 307. As part of the History of Science Workshop series run by the graduate students. Please join us!


  • Maria Portuondo, Johns Hopkins University

    4:15pm, Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    "Early Modern Spanish Natural Philosophy and the Threat of Empiricism"

    History room, TBA

    Co-sponsored by SIMILE


  • Leibniz Workshop, with Maria Rosa Antognazza, (King's College London), Vincenzo De Risi, (Max Planck Inst., Berlin) Daniel Garber, (Princeton) Matthew L. Jones, (Columbia University) and Michael Friedman, (Stanford University)

    February 6, 2015

    More information, including location, to come.


  • Amir Alexander, UCLA History Department

    Feb. 13th, 2015, noon

    with Writing Science Workshop

    location: TBA


  • Moti Feingold, Caltech

    "'Those terrible men, the Wits': Science and Satire in Early Modern England"

    Feb. 19th, 2015, 4:15pm

    Co-sponsored by SIMILE

    location: TBA


  • Three events on Science, Religion, and Democracy in cooperation with the Ethic Center and the Political Theory Workshop:

    David Hollinger, Thursday April 9, 2015 : "Religion in the Democratic Public Sphere: Paul Blanshard and American Catholicism"

    Philip Kitcher, Thursday April 30: "After Faith: Values and Community in a Secular World"

    Amanda Porterfield, Thursday May 28: "Religion and Politics in the Early American Republic: how we got where we are today"

    Location: TBA


  • Margaret O' Mara, University of Washington, Seattle

    spring - date tbd

    On the history of Silicon Valley




Previously this year

  • Lina Bolzoni, Professor of Italian Literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore at Pisa, Italy

    Lina Bolzoni poster

    "Memory Palaces: The Renaissance and the Contemporary World"

    September 25th, 2014, 5pm

    at Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall

    Co-sponsored with History, French and Italian Department, CMEMS, Div Literature, Culture and Languages, The Stanford Humanities Center and the Department of Italian Studies at UC Berkeley

  • Rebecca Wilbanks, graduate student, presenting her current work to the History of Science workshop

    "Life as App Store": Synthetic Biology Between Mechanism and Vitalism

    5:30PM, October 15, 2014

    History Building 200 room 302



  • Sara Robertson, graduate student, presenting her current work to the History of Science workshop

    5:30PM, October 22, 2014

    History Building 200 room 217



  • Adrian Johns, University of Chicago

    "Living in the INFO age: historical reflections on the politics of information control"


    4:15pm, Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Lane History Building 200 Room 307


  • History of the Book Workshop

    organized by Hannah Marcus and Andrew Bricker. Speakers include:

    Janice Radway, Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies and Professor of American and Gender Studies at Northwestern University;
    Adrian Johns, Allan Grant Maclear Professor of History at the University of Chicago;
    Arvind Rajagopal, Professor of Media Studies at New York University;
    Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History and History at the University of Southern California;
    Jinah Kim, Assistant Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University;
    Stephanie Frampton, Assistant Professor of Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
    and Brett Wilson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Macalester College.

    Co-sponsored by Dept of Religious Studies, the Humanities Center, the Departments of History, Religious Studies, English, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University Libraries, Classics, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Communcation, and the Rare Book School at Mellon Foundation.

    October 24th, 9am-5pm
    Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall


  • Nick Rasmussen, UNSW, Australia

    public health obesity ad, circa 1950 Nov. 4th, 2014, noon

    "The First Obesity Epidemic and the Problems of Public Health in Early Cold War America"

    History Building 200, room 15.

    Lunch will be served, please RSVP to rrogers AT stanford . edu


  • Victoria Sweet, MD, University of California, San Francisco

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    noon - 1:30, November 5th, 2014
    CMEMS Workshop, see the workshop page at CMEMS

    and

    "Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine"

    as part of Medieval Matters Workshop at Stanford
    November 6th, 7:30pm
    History Building 200 room 002

    Both events are co-sponsored by CMEMS, the School of Continuing Studies, and the Sarum Seminar.


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