Working Groups

Biological Sciences

The Working Group on the History of the Biological Sciences meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.

Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:30 to 8:00 on first Thursdays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.

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Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • October 5, 2017

    Postponed
     

  • May 4, 2017

    Lawrence Kessler joined the group, as we discussed a chapter from his on-going project, entitled "Entomology and Empire: Biological Pest Control, Diversified Farming, and Hawaiian Sugarcane Planters' Campaign for Annexation, 1893-1898."  Mary Richie Mcguire (of Virginia Tech's STS Program) lead discussion.

  • April 6, 2017

    Jim Endersby, Orchid (U. Chicago, 2016).  Discussion led by Rich Bellon (Department of History, Michigan State University).

  • March 2, 2017
    The group discussed chapters 1 and 4 from former PACHS/CHSTM post-doc fellow Abe Gibson's new book, Feral Animals in the South: An Evolutionary History (Cambridge UP, 2016).  
  • February 2, 2017

    Sigrid Schmalzer of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, discussed sections of her book, Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016).

  • December 1, 2016

    The group discussed selections from Samuel Redman's Bone Rooms (Harvard, 2016).

  • October 27, 2016

    The group discussed two recent articles with their authors: "Ark and Archive: Making a Place for Long-Term Research on Barro Colorado Island, Panama," by Megan Raby of University of Texas, Austin and "The Right Tool and the Right Place for the Job: The Importance of the Field in Experimental Neurophysiology, 1880-1945" by Samantha Muka of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • May 5, 2016

    The group discussed Raf de Bont, Stations in the Field: A History of Place-Based Animal Research, 1870-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 2014), Introduction, Chapter 1, and Conclusion.

  • April 7, 2016

    The group continued its semester theme of examining the decades of the twenties and the thirties. We read the introduction and chapters 2, 3 and 5 of Adam Shapiro's book titled Trying Biology: The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Discussion was lead by Adam Shapiro.

  • March 3, 2016

    Our discussion centered on the Introduction, Chapters 1 and 4 of the new book by James Strick titled Wilhelm Reich, Biologist (Harvard University Press, 2015). We discussed Reich's polymathic and quite remarkable career as a scientist whose works were so controversial, that they were burned both by the Nazis and the US Government. The author James Strick joined us for the discussion.

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