COVID-19 Update:
All STS Lunch Seminars will continue to be virtual this fall.

Fall 2021 Schedule

Sept. 10[no talk; introduction to course]
Sept. 17Siddharth Suri
(Microsoft Research)
“Ghost Work: The Labor that Powers AI”
Sept. 24Erika Szymanski
(Colorado State)
“Microbes, metaphors, and how rhetoric matters in STS”
Oct. 1Os Keyes
(University of Washington)
“How Audits Feel, How Audits Fail”
Oct. 8Projit Mukharji
(University of Pennsylvania)
Oct. 15Jennifer Carroll
(North Carolina State University)
“The Lab in the Streets”
Oct. 22Christian Ross
(Tufts University)
“Public Engagement and Expertise in Heritable Human Genome Editing”
Oct. 29Liz P.Y. Chee
(National University Singapore)
“Introducing Mao’s Bestiary”
Nov. 5Lindsay Weinberg (Purdue University)“Education, Surveillance, and Power”
Nov. 12Raquel Velho
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
“How Wheelchair Users Matter When We Think About Infrastructure and Transport”
Nov. 19Alyssa Battistoni
(Barnard College)
“Biosphere 1, Biosphere 2, and the Problem of Substitution”
Nov. 26[a pause for Thanksgiving Break]
Dec. 3Shannon Dosemagen
(Open Environmental Data Project)
Dec. 10Jane Pyrma
(University of Connecticut)
“Pain Management in the Shadow of the Opioid Crisis in the United States and France”

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.