Colloquium Series

Colloquium Series

Our Colloquium Series features talks by researchers on our campus and beyond. Stop by for the opportunity to learn about current research in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. Presentations are typically followed by questions and discussion.

Fall 2022 Talks

September 2, 2022
JOINT HPSC-PHILOSOPHY LECTURE: Prof. Angela Potochnik, University of Cincinnati, Department of Philosophy and the Center for Public Engagement with Science
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Woodburn Hall 121

September 22, 2022
GIERE LECTURE: Prof. Lauren N. Ross, University of California, Irvine, Logic and Philosophy of Science Department
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

September 27, 2022
COFFA LECTURE: Prof. Alison Wylie, University of British Columbia, Department of Philosophy
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: SSRC Grand Hall, Woodburn Hall 200

October 13, 2022
Prof. and Chair, James Strick, Franklin and Marshall College, Program in Science, Technology and Society
Time: 4:00 p.m. (talk via Zoom)

Spring 2023 Talks


February 9, 2023
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE FOR THE SAWYER SEMINAR: Prof. Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Philosophy Training and Research Unit (UFR10) 
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

April 13, 2023
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE FOR THE SAWYER SEMINAR: Prof. Margaret Schabas, The University of British Columbia, Department of Philosophy
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

April 20, 2023
WESTFALL LECTURE: Prof. Nick Wilding, Georgia State University, Department of History
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

Past Talks

January 27, 2022
HANSON PRESENTATION: Elana Rakoff, Indiana University. Title: Competition and Consensus: The Strange Evolution of Dermatological Nosologies, from Willan and Bateman to von Hebra
Time: 4:00 p.m. (talk via Zoom)

February 17, 2022
Prof. Carl Weinberg, Indiana University, Department of History. Title: The K-bomb: Evolution, Anticommunism, and the 1953 Kinsey Report on Female Sexuality
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

February 24, 2022
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE FOR THE SAWYER SEMINAR: Prof. Lawrence Principe, Johns Hopkins, Department of History of Science and Technology. Title: Alchemy in the Modern Laboratory
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

March 10, 2022
Prof. John Rudolph, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Title: The Scientific Method in American Science Education
Time: 4:00 p.m. (talk via Zoom)

April 4, 2022
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE FOR THE SAWYER SEMINAR: Prof. Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Title: Epistemic Iteration Revisited: The Achievement of Precision in Concepts and Methods
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: SSRC Grand Hall, Woodburn Hall 200

April 21, 2022
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE FOR THE SAWYER SEMINAR: Prof. Pamela Smith, Columbia University, Department of History. Title: Craft Practice and Rigor: Experiences and Reflections from the Making and Knowing Project
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: SSRC Grand Hall, Woodburn Hall 200

September 30, 2021
Prof. Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter, UK. Title: Can - and should - philosophy help to “open” science?
Time: 3:00 p.m. (talk via Zoom) 

October 7, 2021
HANSON PRESENTATION: Dan Li, Indiana University. Title: The Case of the Missing Tree Ring Hypothesis
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Lindley Hall 125                 

October 14, 2021
GIERE LECTURE. Prof. Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh, UK. Title: Perspectival realism, situated knowledge and multiculturalism in science
Time: 12:00 p.m. (talk via Zoom) 

November 4, 2021
Prof. Elizabeth Schechter, Indiana University, Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science Program. Title: Plurals and plural identity
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 340

November 18, 2021
WESTFALL LECTURE. Prof. Christia Mercer, Columbia University, NYC. Title: Empowering History of Science
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

December 2, 2021
Dr. Kate MacCord, Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences & Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. Title: The Trouble with Germline: Using Integrated History and Philosophy to Explore a Problematic Assumption
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

December 9, 2021
Dr. Riana Betzler, Washington University in St. Louis. Title: The Science and Ethics of Empathy in Medical Practice
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ballantine Hall 803

January 28, 2021: Claudia Cristalli, Indiana University, 4:30 pm, Title: The Philosophical Psychology of Charles S. Peirce. On the connection between perception, reason, and the logic of scientific inquiry


February 19, 2021: Professor Laura Franklin-Hall, NYU, 4:00 pm, Title: Genders as Historical Explanatory Kinds


February 25, 2021: Coffa Lecture, Professor Yemima Ben-Menahem, Hebrew University, 12:00 pm, Title: Lawlessness and Reduction


March 11, 2021: Professor Stephen Downes, University of Utah, 4:30 pm, Title: A History of the Heritability Coefficient Applied to Humans


March 18, 2021: Professor John Bickle, Mississippi State University, 4:30 pm, Title: Tinkering in the Lab


March 25, 2021: Professor Melinda Fagan, University of Utah, 4:30 pm, Title: Explanatory Particularism and Interdisciplinary Understanding


Cancelled: April 8, 2021: Westfall Lecture, Professor Christia Mercer, Columbia University, 4:30 pm, Title: TBA


April 15, 2021: Professor Anya Plutynski, Washington University St Louis, 4:30 pm, Title: On Adaptation in Mental Disorders & Somatic Disease: Why Defend a Pluralist View?


April 22, 2021: Professor Janella Baxter, Washington University St Louis, 4:30 pm, Title: Synthetic Biology is Changing Things – Just not in the Way You (Might) Think


April 29, 2021: Dr. Juliette Ferry-Danini, University of Toronto, 4:30 pm, Title: Why you have never heard of the drug Spasfon and what it can tell us about medicine

September 10, 2020: Evan Arnet, Indiana University, Title: Conwy Lloyd Morgan, Methodology, and the Origins of Comparative Psychology


September 12, 2020: Becca Jackson, Indiana University, 4:30pm, Title: “The Uncertain Method of Drops”: How a Non-uniform Fluid Unit Survived the Century of Standardization

January 23, 2020: Professor Rebecca Lave, Indiana University, Sycamore Hall 105, 4:00 p.m., Title: Can we save nature by selling it?


February 20, 2020 : Professor John Huss, University of Akron, Sycamore Hall 105, 4:00 p.m., Title: Mass Extinction, Narrative Closure, and Evidence 


February 27, 2020 : Professor Stuart Glennan, Butler University, Sycamore Hall 105, 4:00 p.m., Title: The Many Mechanisms of Natural Selection


March 5, 2020: Professor Stasa Milojevic, Indiana University, Sycamore Hall 105, 4:00 p.m., Title: Quantitative Studies of Science


March 12, 2020 : Greg Lusk, Michigan State University, Sycamore Hall 105, 4:00 pm., Title: Data for Users: A Democratic Account of Values in Science


Cancelled: March 30, 2020: Westfall Lecture, Professor Michael Stolberg, University of Würzburg, Hoagy Carmichael Room (Morrison Hall 006), 4:00 p.m., Title: Learned Medical Practice in the Sixteenth Century


Cancelled: April 2, 2020 : Professor Gunther Jikel, Indiana University, Sycamore Hall 105, 4:00 pm., Title: How to Remember Pennemunde?


Cancelled: April 9, 2020 : Coffa Lecture, Professor Alison Wylie, University of British Columbia, Hoagy Carmichael Room (Morrison Hall 006), 4:00 pm., Title: Complementary History and Philosophy of Science: Histories of Archaeology In and For Practice

October 30, 2019: Continuity, Improvement, & Innovation in Experimental Methodology, Professor Hanne Andersen, Professor Uljana Feest, Professor Karin Nickelsen, Professor Raphael School, Professor Jackie Sullivan, Professor Andrea Woody, Woodburn Hall 200, Event Program 

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October 26, 2019: Women's Leadership Conference, Professor Helen Longino, Stanford University, Social Science and Research Commons, Event Program.

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Themester Talks

October 8, 2020: Professor Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University, Title: The Importance of Open Science for Democracy


October 15, 2020: Professor Andrew Schroeder, Claremont McKenna College, Title: The Limits of Democratizing Science.of Democratizing Science: When Scientists Should Ignore the Public


Novemeber 12, 2020 : Professor Ann Keller, UC Berkley, Title: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Public Health Regulation and the Conservative Turn Against Federally Supported Science

 

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