Spring 2019 Schedule


Jan 18 [no talk; introduction to course]
Jan 25 Patrick Forber
(Tufts STS & Philosophy)
Conflict, Convention, and the Origins of Ownership
Feb 1  Christoph Riedl
(Northeastern Network Science)
Learning from Mixed Signals
Feb 8 Nick Seaver
(Tufts STS & Anthropology)
Avidity and Difference in Algorithmic Recommendation
Feb 15 Alisha Rankin
(Tufts STS & History)
Testing Antidotes in Renaissance Europe
Feb 22 Jennifer Hsieh
(Harvard Fairbank Center)
“Do you hear that?” Sonic Encroachments and the Techno-Semiotic Ear
March 1 Gili Vidan
(Harvard History of Science)
Cryptography and the Politics of Decentralization
March 8
March 15 Evan Hepler-Smith
(BC History and Science & Tech)
Do Molecules have Politics?
March 22 Spring Break – No Seminar
March 29 Deirdre Loughridge
(Northeastern Music)
Discourses of Nature and Technology in EDM-Pop Music
April 5
April 12 Jennifer Light
Title TBA
April 19 Debbie Weinstein
(Brown American Studies)
The Eugenics of War and Peace
April 26  Jess Keiser
(Tufts STS & English)
The Pineal Gland: A Comedy in Three Acts

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!