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.



  • 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.

    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.



  • Adrian Johns, University of Chicago

    "TBA"


    4:15pm, Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Lane History Building 200 Room TBA


  • 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 Rassmussen, UNSW, Australia

    Nov. 4th, 2014

    On Obesity in the US in the 1950's

    locations: TBA

  • 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.


  • 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


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