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November 2017

S. Matthew Liao – Designing Humans: A Human Rights Approach

November 27, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rm. 405A and B, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, 10th Floor, Presbyterian Hospital (PH) Building, 622 W. 168th Street
New York, NY United States
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S. Matthew Liao explores a new approach to reproductive genetic engineering, a Human Rights Approach in a November 27 talk.

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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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Gabriela Soto Laveaga – Locating Histories of Science to the South: The Case of Mexican Wheat Seeds in India’s Farmlands

November 30, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join us for a presentation of a paper that will look at global networks and knowledge distribution in the context of wheat, which was transplanted to Mexico and is now a development project export to India.

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December 2017

Educating the Brain: How the Acquisition of Reading and Mathematics Affects Human Brain Circuits – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

December 4, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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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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It’s All Forms of Life: One Idea is Enough

December 6, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Department of Sociology, 509 Knox Hall, 606 W 122nd St., Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join Harry M. Collins, Director of the Center for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science, and Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University, for a seminar that will look at the connection between his research on: tacit knowledge, gravitational wave physics and other sciences, the problem of replication, artificial intelligence, expertise, imitation games, how science and sociology of knowledge bears on democracy, and sociological methodology.

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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 platitudes teaching us the value of failure on the path to success, constrained by a view of failure as a means to an end, a necessary obstacle to be overcome. What about the intrinsic value of failure? Failure that contains valuable data, not just an error message? Failure that is a critical part of the process? 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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Jimena Canales – How Far can Facts Take Us? Einstein and Bergson, Ghosts and Demons

December 13, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NYU Gallatin, 1 Washington Place, Room 801
New York, NY 10003
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What is the role of facts in scientific revolutions? Some of the most important controversies and discoveries in modern science involved agreement about basic facts but disagreement about something else. This talk will discuss advances in science that were not settled by known facts, focusing in particular on the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.

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January 2018

James Delbourgo – The Origins of Public Museums: Hans Sloane’s Collections and the Creation of the British Museum

January 31, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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In 1759 London’s British Museum opened its doors for the first time – the first free national public museum in the world. But how did it come into being? This talk recounts the overlooked yet colorful life of the museum’s founder: Sir Hans Sloane. The little-known life of one of the Enlightenment’s most controversial luminaries provides a new story about the beginnings of public museums through their origins in imperialism and slavery.

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February 2018

Lynnette Regouby – Threshold: Generations of Change in Botanical Practice at the end of the Ancien Regime

February 28, 2018, 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 will feature Dr Lynette Regouby.

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