Perspectives is an ever-growing library of podcasts, videos, and essays on the history of science, technology and medicine, along with resources for further learning and opportunities to engage in ongoing conversations.

Perspectives provides discussions with leading scholars, interviews with recent authors, and archival highlights from the exceptional collections of Consortium member institutions.

Watch Peter Galison as he discusses his latest film with esteemed colleagues Lorraine Daston and Simon Schaffer, and then answers questions about the film from friends of the Consortium. 


Listen to this ongoing series of perspectives on the history of scientific racism and "race science" from scholars in the humanities and social sciences. There are currently eight episodes in the series that investigate the intersections of science and race in the United States, Latin America, Western Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. 

Abraham Gibson explores the history of the Southern United States through its feral animal populations, providing us with an understanding of how domestication and the wild have informed each other over the last four hundred years. 

Join us as we speak to historian Wendy Gonaver about her research on the history of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum in Williamsburg, Virginia and the practice of psychiatry in the pre- and post-Civil War American South. 


Bert Hansen guides us through his donated collection of images of medical treatments and technologies found in nineteenth century mass media publications. 


Follow along with Professor Mary Fissell as she discusses her research on Aristotle's Masterpiece, a late 17th century English sex and midwifery manual. 


Cameron Strang takes American scientific thought and discoveries away from the learned societies, museums, and teaching halls of the Northeast and puts the production of knowledge about the natural world in the context of competing empires and an expanding republic in the Gulf South.


Phrenology was the most popular mental science of the Victorian age. From American senators to Indian social reformers, this new mental science found supporters around the globe.


Dóra Vargha uses a series of polio epidemics in communist Hungary to understand the response to a global public health emergency in the midst of the Cold War.




In this podcast episode, we discuss the history of how biblical notions of race influenced European understandings of Africa


Bone Rooms explores the history of human remains collecting. The collection and display of bodily remains became central to debates about ethics, repatriation, and scientific authority that continue today.


The advancement of space science, the allure of profiting on lunar resources, and ideas for a permanent human presence on the Moon are raising attention. They also generate controversy and pose challenging questions.



In Routes of Power, Christopher Jones describes how the American energy industry grew into a vast network of canals, pipelines, and wires - fueling growth and consumption and leading to environmental problems associated with fossil fuels.


Is the story of American girls’ and women’s access to science and math education a direct path from exclusion to inclusion? What does equity for girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics look like, and how do we get there?


Explore the history of health and sensory perception in 19th century urban environments.


What are the historical roots of resistance to vaccination? What is the data about contemporary attitudes? How do these attitudes relate to changing social, economic and political contexts? How do these issues play out in the relationship between a doctor and a patient?


Join American historian Billy Smith, and epidemiologist Michael Levy, for a conversation that uses both science and history to understand the intersection of urban development and the spread of contagions.


When and why did patients started to be called "consumers," and what are the positive and negative aspects of twentieth-century medical "consumerism?"


Explore historical perspectives on the contemporary issue of biobanking and the scientific collection of human biological materials.

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