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November 2017

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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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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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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