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Fall 2020 Colloquium Schedule

We will meet on zoom from 4-5 pm. RSVP links will be circulated with the announcements for the individual talks.

Nov 2
Ted Porter (UCLA) "Democracy Counts: On Sacred and Debased Numbers"
Comments by Amir Alexander (UCLA)
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy

Nov 16
Book Event: Presentation and celebration of Soraya de Chadarevian, Heredity under the Microscope: Chromosomes and the Study of the Human Genome (University of Chicago Press, 2020)
Discussants: Ted Porter (UCLA) and Iris Clever (University of Chicago)

Nov 23
Taylor Moore (UCSB): "Tracing the Magical Rhinoceros Horn in Egypt: A Decolonial Materialist History"
Co-sponsored by the European History Colloquium

Nov 30
Claire Gherini (Cedars-Sinai Postdoctoral Fellow), "Slavery's Medicine: Making Medical Knowledge from the Garrison to the Plantation in the British Caribbean, 1763-1807"

Winter 2020 Colloquium Schedule

All talks are held in Bunche 5288 at 4pm unless otherwise noted.


February 3:   Lukas Rieppel, Brown University.

“Assembling the Dinosaur”

February 24No Colloquium TodayInstead: History Department Talk by Glenn Penny, University of Iowa and Candidate for Bruman Chair in German History. 

“Unbinding German History”

(Philipp Lehmann, UC Riverside, postponed to Spring 2020 - “Polish Steppes and German Gardens: Climate Amelioration in the Generalplan Ost”)

March 2:   Aro Velmet, University of Southern California

“Pasteur’s Empire: Bacteriology and Politics in France, Its Colonies, and the World”

March 9:   Otniel Dror, Hebrew University and UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics

"Supra-Maximal Super-Pleasure"

March 16: Deborah Coen, Yale University

“Climate Change and the Enigma of Usable Knowledge”


Fall 2019 Colloquium Schedule

All talks are held in Bunche 5288 at 4pm unless otherwise noted.


October 21: Sari Siegel, Cedars Sinai Program in History of Medicine and UCLA

“The Recruitment and Activities of Jewish Prisoner-Physicians During the Holocaust”


November 4: John Krige, Georgia Institute of Technology and Caltech

“Some Challenges of Writing Transnational History of Science and Technology”


Saturday, November 9: 2019 UC SoCal History of Science Graduate Seminar



November 18:  Scottie Buehler, UCLA

“Religion and Ecclesiastical Practices of Midwifery Education in Eighteenth-century France”


November 25: Vivien Hamilton, Harvey Mudd College

“Competing Virtues of Measurement: Physics, Medicine and Quantification in Early X-ray Therapy”