Spring 2022 Schedule

Jan. 21[no talk; introduction to course]
Jan. 28Doug Rogers
(Yale University)
“How, Why, and When to Make Oil into Food”
Feb. 4Jonathan Sterne
(McGill University)
“There Are Never Enough Spoons: Politics of Fatigue”
Feb. 11Ahmer Arif
(University of Texas at Austin)
“Staying with the trouble –– A look at how disinformation campaigns have been rewired for the digital age”
Feb. 18Alistair Sponsel
(Tufts University)
“Barriers and Guardians: A History of Ideas and Emotions about Coral Reefs”
Feb. 25Deepa Rao
“How International Political Treaties Govern Scientific Research in Antarctica”
Mar. 4Jess Keiser
(Tufts University)
“The Great Sensorium of the World”
Mar. 11Jason Ludwig
(Cornell University)
“Deluges of Data: ‘Crisis,’ Technology, and Disaster STS”
Mar. 18Daniel Souleles
(Copenhagen Business School)
“Algorithms, automation, and alienation make the market go whoosh!”
Mar. 25[a pause for Spring Break]
Apr. 1Joe Masco
(University of Chicago)
“Anticipatory Knowledge and Planetary Futures”
Apr. 8Virtual Field Trip: Environmental Studies Program (1-3pm via Zoom)Tufts Food Systems Symposium:
Unpacking Meat: Values, Cultures, and Futures”
Apr. 15Alisha Rankin
(Tufts University)
Apr. 22[a pause: Monday’s schedule on Friday]
Apr. 29Anna Jabloner
(Harvard University)
“The Gendered Work of Bio-graphy After Genomics”
COVID-19 Update:
This spring, we’ll be in a hybrid modality. Some of our speakers will be virtual and some will be, as of now, in-person. Attendees may choose between taking part in the seminar in an in-person or a virtual modality as well. As the situation evolves, we will keep you updated.

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. For the past two years, we’ve met on Zoom. This semester, we have a physical space for the seminar once again: Barnum Hall, Room 100 (otherwise known as the Rabb Room). See note on COVID-19 and modality above.

Are you interested in attending? Send an email to sts@tufts.edu.

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 (or type, really) responses to the presentations each week.

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

In pre-pandemic times, we served lunch each week. We’re holding off on lunch until it’s safe to eat together in-person.