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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 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 Science, 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 7:15 pm

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

Symposium begins Friday October 27 at 7:15 pm with a showing of Bride of Frankenstein (1935) (film showing location: H. F. DeLuca Forum of the Discovery Building; snacks will be provided and the film will be followed by a discussion) and the symposium continues with presentations all day Saturday October 28 and the morning of Sunday October 29 (location for all presentations: Union South). Full symposium program details are available here (PDF file). (event poster)

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

All Frankenstein events - film and talks - are free and open to the public.

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

Other celebrations of Frankenstein's 200th include:
November 3 (Friday) at 7:00 pm

Film Festival:
“Tales from Planet Earth 2017: Land is Life

Free Environmental Film Festival November 3-5, 2017, in Madison, WI.

Standing Rock. Idle No More. The Landless Worker's Movement. Across the globe, new alliances and collective actions are rising up in the struggle for the rights and sovereignty of local peoples to determine their own futures. This 2017 festival showcases stories that inform, challenge, and inspire us to rethink relationships to land in an era when greed, corruption, and resource demands are threatening the livelihoods, sovereignty, and self-determination of communities throughout the world. The festival features 16 films and visits by activists and filmmakers working to protect indigenous rights around the world.

For more information and film showing locations, please visit the Tales from Planet Earth web site or consult the Festival’s schedule at a glance.
November 9 (Thursday) at 4:00 pm

Department of Medical History & Bioethics Lecture Series
“From ‘Personalized Medicine’ to ‘Precision Public Health’: Ethical and Social Challenges in the Genomic Pursuit of Human Difference”

Dr. Eric Juengst, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Philosophy (event poster)

Location: Room 1244, Health Sciences Learning Center (map)
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