COVID-19 Update:
All STS Lunch Seminars will be online for the Spring 2021 semester.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Feb. 5[no talk; introduction to course]
Feb. 12Sarah Brayne
(UT Austin)
“Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing”
Feb. 19Aadita Chaudhury
(York University)
“Wilderness in the fire sciences”
Feb. 26Johnathan Flowers
(Worcester State)
Sonzai-kan, jinba-ittai, and other lessons for STS from Japanese Aesthetics”
Mar. 5Desen Ozkan
(Tufts University)
“Interdisciplinarity and engineering, on paper vs. on the ground”
Mar. 12John Hartigan
(UT Austin)
“An Ethnographic Perspective on the Social Lives of Wild Horses”
Mar. 19STS at Tufts Thesis and Capstone StudentsStudent Thesis and Capstone Workshop
Mar. 26[a pause for spring break]
Apr. 2Liam Kofi Bright (London School of Economics)“Why do scientists lie – and what does W.E.B. Du Bois say we should do about it?”
Apr. 9Madina Agénor
(Tufts University)
“Incorporating Intersectionality into Population Health Research”
Apr. 16Porter White
(Harvard University)
“Mapping Stories in Literature in Life”
Apr. 23Robin Zebrowski
(Beloit College)
“Dr. Von Zoom and the Mole People of Pandemia”
Apr. 30Gus Andrews
(author of Keep Calm and Log On)
“Disinformation, literacy, and trust”

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.