COVID-19 Update:
All STS Lunch Seminars will be online for the Fall 2020 semester.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Sept. 11[no talk; introduction to course]
Sept. 18Nicole Nelson
(UW Madison)
“How we talk about reproducibility in science”
Sept. 25Jack Leff
(Virginia Tech)
“Police terror and securitizing the air”
Oct. 2June Jeon
(Tufts University)
“Studying scientists at work”
Oct. 9Karin Knudson
(Tufts University)
“Flavors of Uncertainty”
Oct. 16Saul Halfon
(Virginia Tech)
“Meat Inspection at the USDA & Thinking With Institutions”
Oct. 23Caleb Scoville
(Tufts University)
“Endangered Species Politics”
Oct. 30Danya Glabau
“Feminist STS In and Out of Academia”
Nov. 6Thea Riofrancos
(Providence College)
“A Globally Just Green New Deal”
Nov. 13Crystal Lee
“The Promises and Perils of Data Visualization”
Nov. 20Laura Alex Frye-Levine
“What happens when ecology and economics meet”
Dec. 4Ben Wilson
“The Scientific Power Elite in the Age of Nuclear Weapons”

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 Fridays from 12-1:15. Before the pandemic, we met in the Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room. (Directions). Now, we meet online via Zoom. Are you interested in attending? Send an email to

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.

When this seminar was in-person, we served lunch each week. Unfortunately, we can’t serve lunch while we’re virtual.