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Department Events

Brown Bags

Brown Bag talks take place at Noon on Fridays. A schedule of upcoming Brown Bags can be viewed at the History of Science program website.

September 8 (Friday) at 7:00 pm

Public Talk:
Judith Walzer Leavitt, Rupple Bascom and Ruth Bleier Professor Emerita, will talk with Doug Moe, a local daily newspaper columnist for The Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal about the 30th anniversary edition of her book Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America 1750-1950.

Location: Mystery to Me bookstore, 1863 Monroe Street, Madison
September 19 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Department of Medical History & Bioethics Lecture Series
“For Mothers, Babies or the City? Prenatal Care in Philadelphia and Glasgow”

Dr. Janet Greenlees, Senior Lecturer in History, Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, Glasgow Caledonian University (event poster)

Location: Room 1210, Medical Sciences Center (map)
September 21 (Thursday) at 6:00 pm

International Workshop day 1:
“Sensing the Caribbean: Art, Culture, History, and the ‘Sensory Turn’”

This International Workshop opens with an art performance by Honor Ford-Smith (York University) titled “Song for the Beloved” from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Location: Festival Room, Memorial Union (map) (event poster)

All workshop activities are open to the public
September 22 (Friday) at 9:00 am

International Workshop day 2:
“Sensing the Caribbean: Art, Culture, History, and the ‘Sensory Turn’”

Workshop from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with these invited participants:
  • Alejandra Bronfman (University of British Columbia)
  • Honor Ford-Smith (York University)
  • Paul C. Johnson (University of Michigan)
  • Roshini Kempadoo (University of Westminster, London)
  • Jeannine Murray-Román (Florida State University)
  • Juan Carlos Quintero Herencia (University of Maryland)
Location: Memorial Library, Special Collections, Rm 976 (map) (event poster)

Workshop web site:

Conveners: Pablo F. Gómez (Medical History and Bioethics, History) and Víctor Goldgel-Carballo (Spanish & Portuguese)

Sponsored by: The Anonymous Fund of the College of Letters and Sciences, Latin American, Caribbean, and American Studies Program (LACIS), the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), the Medical History and Bioethics Department, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Art Department, and the Center for Visual Cultures (CVC)

All workshop activities are open to the public
October 9 (Monday) at Noon

“Big Tissue and Why It’s Important: A Sociology of Mass Producing Cultured Blood, Skin, Meat and Milk” (event poster and talk abstract)

Neil Stephens, Sociologist and Science and Technology Studies scholar from Brunel University, London

Location: Room 1210, Medical Sciences Center (map)

Sponsored by the Department of Medical History & Bioethics, the Center for European Studies, and the Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies.
October 27 (Friday) at 6:00 pm

“Frankenstein and Popular Culture: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the creation and publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Conference begins Friday October 27 at 6 pm with a showing of Bride of Frankenstein and continues with presentations all day Saturday October 28 and the morning of Sunday October 29. Full program details will be provided here soon. (event poster)

Co-chairs: Susan Lederer (UW-Madison) and Lester Friedman (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

Confirmed speakers include Stephen Asma, Catherine Belling, Matthew Buckley, Lisa Diedrich, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Barry Grant, David Guston, Tess Jones, Despina Kakoudaki, Allison Kavey, Angela Smith, Paul Root Wolpe, and Elizabeth Young!

For more information, contact Joann Steinich, For hotel information, contact Union South Hotel 1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715 phone: (608) 263-2600

Locations: TBA

Other celebrations of Frankenstein's 200th include:
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