Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Joseph Dumit
University of California, Davis

"Maximum Prescriptions and Drugs for Life: Growing Health through Facts and Pharmaceuticals"

4:15 pm
Allbritton 311

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SISP Student/Faculty Reception - Welcome New Majors

4:30 pm
Usdan 108

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jack Kloppenburg
University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Toward Open Source Seeds: Free as in Speech, not as in Beer"

6:15 pm
PAC 001

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SISP Thesis Presentations

12 pm
ALLB 004

Past Events

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Brian Donahue
Brandeis University

"Wildlands, Woodlands, and Farmlands: The Past and Future of New England Forests and Farming"

7 pm
PAC 001


Thursday, October 31, 2013

SISP Open House for Prospective Majors

12pm - 1pm (Lunch Provided)
Allbritton 311


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Deborah Rose
University of New South Wales

"Where On Earth Are We Going?"

Exley Science Center Tishler Room 150


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Michael Pettit
York University

"The Great Cat Mutilation: Sex, Social Movements, and the Utilitarian Calculus in 1970s New York City"

PAC 001

In this lecture, Professor Pettit examines the controversy over experiments on the sexual behaviour of cats at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). In 1976, the resurgent animal liberation movement led by Henry Spira made the AMNH experiments one of its earliest successful targets. Although the scientific consensus was that Aronson was not particularly cruel or abusive towards his animals, Spira selected the AMNH due to the visibility of the institution, the pet-like status of the animals involved, and the seeming perversity of studying non-human sexuality. Drawing inspiration from Robert Darnton’s famous essay on cultural worlds, Professor Pettit contextualizes the controversy in terms of the changing meaning of utilitarian ethics in justifying experiments on animals and attending to numerous encounters between the behavioural sciences and social movements of the late 1960s. Without denying the violence involved in the experiments, Professor Pettit argues that an exclusive focus on reading the controversy through the lens of the utilitarianism obscures what ethics animated Aronson’s research. The result was a historical forgetting of the queer biopolitics around animal sexual behaviour that existed at the AMNH from the 1930s to the 1970s.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Melinda Fagan
Rice and University of Pittsburgh

Systems Explanations in Stem Cell Biology

PAC 002