Mark April 12 on your calendars for a very special presentation: Sarah Igo (Vanderbilt University), “The Promises and Perils of Transparency”!
Igo is an Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. Her primary research interests are in modern American cultural and intellectual history, the history of the human sciences, the sociology of knowledge, and the history of the public sphere. Her first book, The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public (Harvard University Press, 2007), explores the relationship between survey data—opinion polls, sex surveys, consumer research—and modern understandings of self and nation. Professor Igo is currently at work on a cultural history of modern privacy entitled The Known Citizen, examined through legal debates, artistic and architectural movements, technological innovations, professional codes, and shifting social norms.
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We are excited to announce that next Wednesday, March 1, at 12:20 in room 504 of the History Department Building (226 Bay State Rd), Professor Lou Ferleger (BU) will present his paper, “The Anatomy of the Ultimate Investment.”
Professor Ferleger is Professor of History and Department Chair. He is co-author of A New Mandate: Democratic Choices for a Prosperous Economy and No Gain, No Pain: Taxes, Productivity and Economic Growth as well as editor of Agriculture and National Development: Views on the Nineteenth Century. He is also co-editor of Slavery, Secession, and Southern History (2000) and, with Walter Dean Burnham and Thomas Ferguson, Voting in American Elections: The Shape of the American Political Universe Since 1788 (Academica Press, 2009).
Mark your calendars for Robin Scheffler (MIT), who visits BU for the APHI Seminar Series on January 25 at 12:20. His talk is entitled, “Molecular Biologists Protest the War on Cancer: Biomedical Research and Setting the Limits of the State in the 1970s.”
Scheffler, Assistant Professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program at MIT, is an historian of the modern biological and biomedical sciences and their intersections with developments in American history. He is currently working on a project that follows the history of cancer virus research in the twentieth century from legislature to laboratory, documenting its origins and impact on the modern biological sciences. He recently edited a special issue of Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences that focuses on the history of cancer viruses. Professor Scheffler has also published in Endeavour, and the Journal of the History of Biology.
The 2017 APHI Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers is now available. Take a look and please encourage any grad students you might know to apply!
We are excited to announce that Nicole Hemmer (UVA) is in town next week, November 15 & 16 for a pair of talks at BU. On Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00pm, she will be leading a graduate student professionalization workshop, Beyond the Op-Ed Page: Public Engagement in the New Media Age. Then, on Wednesday, November 16, at noon, Hemmer will present for the APHI Seminar Series, speaking about “Conservative Media, Liberal Bias, and the Origins of Balance.”
Hemmer, the author Messengers of the Right, a history of conservative media in the United States, is also a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report, where she writes a weekly column about politics and history, and a syndicated columnist for The Age in Melbourne, Australia. Her writing appears in a number of national and international publications, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, The New Republic, Politico, Vox, and the Los Angeles Times. She also co-hosts and produces Past Present, a history podcast that launched in October 2015.
APHI and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies present: Wendy Kline on “The Emergence of the Hippie Midwife”
We are excited to announce that coming up Wednesday, October 26, at noon in room 504 of the History Department Building (226 Bay State Rd), Professor Wendy Kline (Purdue) will present her paper, “‘Psychedelic Birth: The Emergence of the Hippie Midwife.” The paper is a draft chapter from her book project for Oxford University Press.
Kline holds the Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine in the Department of History at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 1998. Among numerous other publications, she is the author of Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women’s Health in the Second Wave (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom (University of California Press, 2001).
Her current book project is entitled Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America. Based on interviews and archival records of midwives, doctors, and health organizations, this book will be the first in-depth, historical analysis of the home birth movement in the U.S.
Thanks to WGS for co-sponsoring this event!