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October 2017

David N. Schwartz – How Fermi Became Fermi

October 23, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Pupin Hall, Room 428, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Drawing on research undertaken in preparation for his forthcoming biography of Fermi, “The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age” (Basic Books, December 5, 2017) David N. Schwartz will discuss the development of Fermi as a physicist.

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Whitney Laemmli – Measured Movements: Weimar Germany, Labanotation, and the Choreography of Corporate Life

October 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NYU Gallatin, 1 Washington Place, Room 801
New York, NY 10003
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In 1928, the German choreographer Rudolf Laban announced what he believed to be an explosive development in the history of dance: the creation of an inscription system that could “objectively” record human movement on paper. The technique, known as “Labanotation,” relied upon byzantine combinations of lines, tick marks, and boxes. In this talk, Dr. Laemmli will explore two seemingly distant, but in fact closely-linked, moments from Labanotation’s history: its origins in the anxiety-ridden, vibratory atmosphere of Weimar Germany and its use in the American and British corporate office in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

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South-South II: Materiality and Embodiment in Greater Asia and Africa Conference

October 27 - October 28
International Affairs Building, Room 918, 420 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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The conference will be a forum for facilitating interdisciplinary and transregional engagement with global histories of science and the history of and from the Global South.

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Textiles, Dyes and Knowledge Oeconomies in the French Enlightenment

October 27, 9:15 am - 5:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This symposium brings together scholars working on the interlocking histories of science, artisanal production, and commerce in Enlightenment France. Following the circulation of knowledge and materials among various sites, scientific academies, royal administrative bodies, merchant companies, and workshops, the papers will examine the complex relationship between handicrafts, trade, and science in the eighteenth-century.

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Benjamin Breen – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Three Ways of Looking at an Opium Ball

October 30, 6:00 pm - 7:00 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, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

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November 2017

Ted Anton – Planet of Microbes

November 1, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Buell Hall, East Gallery, Columbia University
New York, 10027 United States
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The Center for Science and Society invites you to a book launch for Planet of Microbes (University of Chicago Press), by Ted Anton, science writer and Professor of English at DePaul University. Planet of Microbes is a journey through the curious and wonderful science of the Earth's smallest lifeforms.

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Monica Azzolini – Saints and Science in Early Modern Italy: Filippo Neri and Francesco Borgia as Patron Saints of Earthquakes

November 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This event is part of the New York History of Science Lecture Series and features Monica Azzolini, a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, University of Edinburgh.

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December 2017

Educating the Brain – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

December 4, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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Stanislas Dehaene, Professor and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Collège de France, will discuss how regions of the brain, especially the visual cortex, change as children acquire reading an math skills. Can these findings aid in the better development of educational tools and practices?

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The Success of Failure: Perspectives from the Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Education, and Law

December 7 - December 8
Cowin Auditorium, 3040 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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We are all familiar with the many bromides teaching us the value of failure on the path to success, constrained by a view of failure as a means to an end, an unfortunately necessary obstacle to be overcome. What about failure as a good? What about the intrinsic value of failure? How about failure that contains valuable data, not just an error message? Failure that is a critical part of the process, not a means to an end? Can there be such a thing as positive failure? Can failure make progress? Can we use failure to improve creativity, education, or behavior? How do we research and recognize failure? This two-day conference will investigate these and other perspectives on failure across disciplines, searching for commonalities and differences.

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Megan Coyer – James Hogg (1770-1835) and Illness Narratives in a Scottish Context

December 11, 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, healthy and unwell. Megan Coyer of the University of Glasgow discusses the interdisciplinary nature of narration and medicine, specifically surrounding James Hogg (1770-1835).

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