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Department Events

Brown Bags

Brown Bag talks take place at Noon on Fridays. A schedule of upcoming History of Science Brown Bags can be viewed on the History Department Events web page.

September 7 (Friday) at 3:00 pm

Colloquium: Megan Raby, UW-Madison
Title: “Taming ‘Jungle Island:’ The transformation of Barro Colorado Island into a field station for tropical biology.”

Location: 984 Memorial Library (Special Collections).
September 14 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Rick Keller and Sue Lederer, UW-Madison
Title: “Notes on the Search Experience: Perspectives from the Committee.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial
October 1 (Monday) at Noon

R. Alta Charo, JD, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics
Title: “Sex, Love, and Money: Trends in US Reproductive Health Policy.”

Co-sponsored by the UW Population Health Institute

Location: Room 1335, Health Sciences Learning Center
October 5 (Friday) at 3:00 pm

Colloquium: Anna Zeide, UW-Madison
Title: “Growing a Better Pea: Canners, Farmers, and Agricultural Scientists in the 1910s and 1920s.”

Location: 984 Memorial Library (Special Collections).
October 12 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Dayle DeLancey and Katie Robinson, UW-Madison
Title: “Doing History, Protecting Privacy: IRBs, HIPAA, and Historical Research.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial
October 19 (Friday) at 9:00 am

Seminar convened by Sara Guyer and Richard C. Keller, UW-Madison
Title: “Biopolitics: Life in Past and Present.”

A Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures. Location: Center for the Humanities Conference Room (Room 313), 432 East Campus Mall (the University Club Building). More information @
(Event Poster with schedule)
October 19 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, UW-Madison
Title: All A Glow: A Discussion of Go Big Read's Radioactive.
          (The UW 2012 Go Big Read book by Lauren Redniss)

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial
October 26 (Friday) at Noon

Brown Bag: Molly Laas, UW-Madison
Title: “Smelling Newtown Creek: Lay Ways of Knowing and Urban Environmental Pollution in Nineteenth-Century New York City.”

Location: 204 Bradley Memorial
November 2 (Friday) at 3:00 pm

Colloquium: Wendy Kline, University of Cincinnati
Title: “Birth in Transition: Modern Midwifery and the Controversy over Home Birth.”

Location: 984 Memorial Library (Special Collections).
December 3 (Monday) at 4:00 pm

Susan M. Reverby, Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College
Title: “Escaping Melodrama: The US STD Inoculation Studies in Guatemala and the Difficulties for an Historian.”

Location: Health Science Learning Center, Rm. 1335, 750 Highland Avenue

Co-sponsored with the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies.

Susan M. Reverby’s research on an immoral government medical study in Guatemala between 1946-48 where men and women were given syphilis led to a U.S. government response from the Secretaries of the Departments of State and Health and Human Services and an apology from President Obama to President Colom of Guatemala. The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, at President Obama's request, is exploring the historical context of the research in Guatemala and current human subject protections. The article was published in the Journal of Policy History in January 2011.
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