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December 2017

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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Marcella Walker – Parathyroid Hormone: A Novel, Modifiable Risk Factor for Age-Related Cognitive Decline?

December 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Allan Rosenfield Building, Room 440, 722 West 168th Street, 722 West 168th Street
New York, NY United States
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Marcella Walker, MD -- a Columbia Aging Center Faculty Research Fellow -- will present findings in her seminar "Parathyroid Hormone – A Novel, Modifiable Risk Factor for Age-Related Cognitive Decline?"

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Pablo Alvarez – The Art and Science of Healing: A Curator’s Dream

December 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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Last February the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Library hosted a major exhibition, “The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance.” The display explored various themes such as the role of religion and magic in healing the soul and body, the influence of Greco-Roman methods of diagnosis and treatment in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and the multilingual transmission of medical knowledge in both manuscript and printed form. This talk will be a behind-the-scenes look at the different stages of a multidisciplinary adventure that culminated with the publication of an exhibit catalog.

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Dr. Lena Struwe – The Love and Hate of Dandelions and Their Symbolism in Today’s Society

December 15, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
LuEsther T. Mertz Library – New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458 Dr. Lena Struwe, Rutgers University Of all weeds in the Northern Hemisphere, dandelions likely are the best known, and simultaneously the most beloved and most hated weedy species. Its biological features have made the dandelion into a commonly used symbol associated with hope and dream fulfillment, invasion and travel, rebellion and politics, and other human issues not related to plant science. Analyses of the visual and…

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What is Life: What did the first life look like?

December 20, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caveat, 21 A Clinton St
New York, NY 10002 United States
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The question “What is life?” takes just three words. But it is one of the hardest questions in science, attracting researchers from a huge range of disciplines, from molecular biology to astronomy to philosophy. This fall, science writer Carl Zimmer delves into this question by talking to eight experts over four nights to understand what the newest research tells us about life.

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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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March 2018

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

March 28, 2018, 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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May 2018

The Right Use of the Earth (Knowledge, Power and Duties within a Finite Planet) Conference

May 29, 2018 - June 1, 2018
 Ecole Normale Supérieure, 45 Rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris, France
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This conference explores the advent of the Anthropocene concept and Earth system sciences – putting forward upscaled temporalities in the public sphere, the dramatization of warnings on planetary limits and boundaries and on the human impacts of climate change – provide a challenging context for the humanities and social sciences.

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