As a hub of interdisciplinary communication and outreach, the Center for Science and Society is uniquely situated to help students challenge themselves and the status quo inside and outside the classroom. Listed below you will find selected resources specifically aimed at Columbia University students.
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Graduate students interested in science studies or history of science are welcome to join our affiliated graduate student list. You'll receive invitations to student-focused events and be the first to know about our various funding opportunities.
When she joins the Center for Science and Society this summer, Hadeel Assali will be teaching an interdisciplinary seminar on race, climate change, and social justice.
On May 3, Natalia Pasternak Taschner considers how to make scientific information accessible and actionable for lawmakers and the general public.
What does an environmental justice curriculum look like? We asked students for their thoughts.
Upcoming CSS Events
Marga Vicedo - Niko Tinbergen’s Research on Childhood Autism: Interpreting Gestures from Gulls to Children
David Edgerton - The Supremacy of Uruguay: How a Peripherical Historiography of Science and Technology May Yet Turn the World the Right Side Up
Global Circuits of Expertise and the Making of the Post-1945 World: Eastern European and Asian Perspectives
Science, Technology, and Society Discussion Series - Geopolitical Science and the Logic of Preventive War
Audra Wolfe - The Fight for Science and Freedom: Recovering the Role of Science in Cold War-Era Cultural Diplomacy
Fabian Kraemer - The Two Cultures Avant La Lettre: The Sciences and the Humanities in the Nineteenth Century
Toshihiro Higuchi - Birth of the “Atomic Tuna”: Radioactive Fallout, U.S.-Japan Alliance, and the Politics of Radiological Standards in the Mid-1950s
Sara Pritchard - Polluted Nightscapes: “Natural Night-Sky Brightness,” Skyglow, and the U.S. National Park Service
Neil Safier - Where Entangled Empires and Early Modern Science Intertwine: An Iberoamerican Perspective
The Business of Handloom Fashion: The Future of Sustainable Dyeing and Weaving Workshops in India and Okinawa
Ann-Sophie Barwich - Scent Track: What can the History of Olfaction tell us about Theorizing in the Life Sciences?
Sound Studies and Auditory Neuroscience: New Perspectives on Listening – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
Anita Guerrini - The Whiteness of Bones: the Emergence of the Human Skeleton as a Commodity, 1500-1800
C. Richard Johnson, Jr. - Weave Maps and Rollmates: Computational Analysis of European Old Master Canvases and Early Chinese Silk Paintings
Michael J. Barany - Invidious Comparisons: International Politics, the Fields Medal, and the Past, Present, and Future of Mathematics, 1936-1966
Whitney Laemmli - Measured Movements: Weimar Germany, Labanotation, and the Choreography of Corporate Life
Monica Azzolini - Saints and Science in Early Modern Italy: Filippo Neri and Francesco Borgia as Patron Saints of Earthquakes
Gabriela Soto Laveaga - Locating Histories of Science to the South: The Case of Mexican Wheat Seeds in India’s Farmlands
Educating the Brain: How the Acquisition of Reading and Mathematics Affects Human Brain Circuits - Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
James Delbourgo - The Origins of Public Museums: Hans Sloane’s Collections and the Creation of the British Museum
Ahmed Ragab - ‘House for King and Slave’: Patients and Medical Practice in the Medieval Islamic Hospital
Lynnette Regouby - Threshold: Generations of Change in Botanical Practice at the End of the Ancien Regime
Shahid Naeem - From Forager to Farmer in 200,000 Years: An Environmental Sustainability Perspective Lunch Discussion
Alisha Rankin - Testing the Panacea: Antidotes, Alchemy, and the Problem of Proof in Early Modern Europe
Responsibility, Punishment, and Psychopathy: At the Crossroads of Law, Neurocriminology, and Philosophy - Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
Christine Goettler - Mount Potosí in Antwerp, 1635: Colonial Imagination and the Power of the Ephemeral
Tillmann Taape - The Striped Layman: Visual Culture and the Politics of Vernacular Medical Knowledge in Early German Print
Finding the Way to Truth: Conference on the Sources, History, and Impact of the Meditative Tradition
Dagmar Schäfer - Charted Territories and Unmapped Science: How Good Ideas Come Without a Place and Originator, a Mid-Ming Historian's View
Timing and Social Coordination: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives - Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
Warwick Anderson - “A Pervasive Dread”: Disease Emergence, Genetics, and Indigeneity in Northern Australia
Hiro Hirai - Into the Forger’s Library: The Genesis of a Pseudo-Paracelsian Treatise in Publication History
Neuroscience and the Study of Intergenerational Trauma: How Does the Remote Past Get under Our Skin? - Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
Alex Wellerstein - The ‘Best-Kept Secret of the War’?: The Successes and Failures of the Manhattan Project’s Secrecy Regime
Postponed: Brains, Minds, and Lives in Solitary Confinement: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives for Change
A Medical Disaster and its Aftermaths: The Quest for Sleeping Sickness Eradication in Colonial Africa
Samuel K. Roberts - Persistent Plagues: Race, Space, and Epidemiological Thinking in Illicit Drug Use Research, 1950-1980
How Music Moves Us: Exploring the Connection Between Music and Emotions - Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
Juan Sebastián Gil-Riaño - Southern Racial Dilemmas: Brazilian Race Relations and Economic Development in the 1950s
Keith Wailoo - Poisoning Master: Drugs, Slave Knowledge, and Premeditation in a Tennessee Murder Trial
Amelia Moore - Intersectional Ecologies: Moving Beyond Interdisciplinarity and Diversity on the Path Towards Climate Justice
From Monomyth to Multimyth: BIPOC Children’s Fantasists Discuss Globalism, Possible Futures, and Writing in the Age of Pandemic
Robert Iliffe - ‘A Thousand Fictions’: Cultism and Delusional Metaphysics in the Newton-Leibniz Disputes
Tree-Ring and Historical Evidence for Dry and Wet Extremes in the Amazon Basin and Elsewhere in Brazil During the Late 18th and 19th Centuries
Nuala Caomhanach - Ambassadors and Surrogates: Conserving Evolutionary Time in International Biodiversity Conservation Policy
Carolyn Roberts - Broken World Botany: Slavery and Natural Knowledge in the West African Slave Trading Zones
The Role of Hydrological Changes and Human Integration in Semi-Arid Landscapes of Mapungubwe, Shashe-Limpopo Basin, South Africa
Pablo Gomez - Slave Trading and Medical Arithmetics in the Early Seventeenth-Century Iberian Atlantic
Wenrui Zhao - “A Swarm of Mosquitoes in Front of My Eyes”: Vision and the Search for the Better Cures
Gerardo Con Diaz - The Playboy Suits: Pornography, Copyright Law, and the Making of the Online World, 1990-1998
Angelo Caglioti - Science and Fascism, or Fascist Science? Meteorology, Empire, and anti-Semitism in Fascist Italy
Elaine Ayers - "Three Inches Deep of Wet Moss:" Observation, Labor, and the Politics of Shipping in Colonial Botanical Collecting
Peter Vuust - Groove on the Brain: Predictive Brain Processes Underlying Musical Rhythm and Interaction
Rosanna Dent - Afterlives of A’uwẽ Scientific Objects: Affect and Care in Indigenous Histories of Science
Tiffany Nichols - Finding Stillness: Navigating Conflicting Land Interests During the Site Selection of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
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