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March 2018

María M. Portuondo – American Convergence: Science and Technology in Colonial Latin America

March 28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10016
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The essential backdrop of the history of the region we now call Latin America is the centuries-long process of negotiation between the different social, religious, cultural and political registers of the Indigenous, African and European peoples who came to inhabit the area. The resulting American scientific and technological convergence involved the combination and recombination of practices whose exact origins are difficult to trace. This talk proposes a framework for the study of the scientific and technological registers of the American convergence. It recognizes the hybrid, complex and local nature of the convergence and explores these through three kinds of human activities: learning, moving and making.

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April 2018

Alisha Rankin – Testing the Panacea: Antidotes, Alchemy, and the Problem of Proof in Early Modern Europe

April 2, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This talk contrasts the drug testing methods of two sixteenth-century alchemical empirics: Andreas Berthold and Georg Amwald.

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Responsibility, Punishment, and Psychopathy: At the Crossroads of Law, Neurocriminology, and Philosophy – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 9, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Three leading experts in neurocriminology, law, and philosophy will discuss recent neuroscientific findings in psychopathy research. The speakers will consider how these findings might contribute to the reconsideration of the responsibility of psychopathic offenders and how criminal justice should optimally respond to individuals suffering from such a controversial disorder.

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Roger Matthew Grant – The Musical Origins of Contemporary Affect Theory

April 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies in different stages of health and disease. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.” At stake are the problems of representation and the interpretation of cultural products from the past and present through medical models.

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