Spring 2024 Schedule

DateSpeakerTalk TitleModality
Jan. 19[no talk; introduction to course for enrolled students]
Jan. 26Anna Gibson
“Entrepreneurial Moderation: Managing Speech in the Age of Influence”in-person
Feb. 2Ariel Ludwig
“Carceral & Abolitionist STS: Technology Behind Bars”in-person audience; virtual speaker
Feb. 9Andrew Lea
(Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
“Digitizing Diagnosis: Medicine, Minds, and Machines in Twentieth Century America”in-person
Feb. 16Jamee Elder
“What is a ‘direct’ image of a shadow?: A history and epistemology of ‘directness’ in black hole imaging”in-person
Feb. 23[no Lunch Seminar]
Mar. 1Elena Denia
“Bad Science: When the Ideal of Science Breaks Down”in-person
Mar. 8Kaylla Cantilina
“Exploring narrative inquiry amidst a positivist paradigm”in-person
Mar. 15 & Mar. 22[no Lunch Seminar either day; Spring Break and the Friday beforehand]
Mar. 29Crystal Lee
“Searching for ‘alt-tech’ platforms and the parallel economy”in-person
Apr. 5Adam “Kaz” Kaszynski
(IUE-CWA Local 201)
Apr. 12Margaret Gatonye
(UMass Boston)
“Turbines and Nets: The Intersection of Offshore Wind, Fisheries, and Communities”in-person
Apr. 19Dave Miller
“The least of the problems with automated driving is the driving part”in-person
Apr. 26[no Lunch Seminar; final Friday of SP24 semester]

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, staff, and graduate students from nearby programs. The seminar meets Fridays from 12-1:15pm EST. This semester, we will be in Lincoln-Filene Hall, Room 201 (the old Rabb Room, as opposed to the new one in Barnum Hall). For an address, directions, and a campus map, click here.

Seminar format:  speakers should expect to present for about 35-45 minutes, leaving at least 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Students who are enrolled in the course will be expected to write responses to the presentations each week.

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