Fall 2018 Schedule


Sept 7 [no talk; introduction to course]
Sept 14  Daryl DeFord
Mathematical Modeling of Social Connections
Sept 21  Sheila Jasanoff
(Harvard Kennedy)
The Politics of Post-Truth
Sept 28 Banu Subramaniam
(UMass WGSS)
Decolonizing Botany
Oct 5 Christoph Riedl
(Northeastern Network Science)
Oct 12 John Basl
(Northeastern Philosophy)
Jeff Behrends
(Harvard Philosophy)
Ethics and Autonomous Vehicles in Accident Scenarios
Oct 19 Lisa Haushofer
(UToronto HPS)
Food with Benefits
[Location: Dowling Hall Milmore Room/730A]
Oct 26 Kurt Ralske
(Tufts SMFA)
Actual Problems in Virtual Reality
Nov 2 William San Martín
(WPI Humanities & Arts)
Cold War Politics and the Struggle for Global Sustainability
Nov 9 Jeannie Simms
(Tufts SMFA)
Under the Sun: Photosensitive Art and Immigration
Nov 16 Jenna Tonn
(Boston College STS)
Boys in the Lab: The Culture of 19th-Century Experimental Biology
Nov 23 [no meeting – Thanksgiving]
Nov 30 Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
(UNH Physics)
White Empiricism and the Making of Black Women Physicists
Dec 7 Alma Steingart
(Harvard History of Science)
Modernism and Mathematics at Midcentury

About the lunch seminar

STS Lunch Seminar runs as an undergraduate course through the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Tufts.  We expect it to be attended by a mix of undergraduates, faculty, and grads from nearby programs.  The seminar meets on Fridays from 12-1:15 in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room.  (Directions)

Seminar format:  speakers should expect to present for about 40 minutes, leaving at least 30 minutes for questions and discussion.  Students who are enrolled in the course will be expected to turn in a short response paper each week about the presentation from the previous week.

All are welcome, whether enrolled or not, whether Tufts-affiliated or not.

We’ll always serve lunch, and we’ll try to correctly anticipate attendance numbers!