Tag Archives: science in society

Racism, Technology and Social Protest: a Community Dialogue

racismtechBrenna Diggins ’17 writes in:

This will be an informal dialogue led by professors Anthony Hatch and Jennifer Tucker that will foster group discussion of the historical and social contexts in which people use technologies, specifically communication and visual technologies, to analyze and challenge racism.

Prof. Hatch is the author of Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (forthcoming) and teaches courses on science and technology studies, critical social theories, and cultural studies of health and medicine.

Prof. Tucker specializes in science and technology studies and the history and theory of photography, and is completing a new book, Caught on Camera: A History of Photographic Surveillance and Resistance and, with Jennifer Mnookin (Dean, UCLA Law School), a Sourcebook on Photography and Law. Both teach in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan.

Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 12:30-2PM
Place: PAC001

SISP: Professor Joseph Dumit Talk


Administrative Assistant extraordinaire for FGSS, Jennifer Enxuto:

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

How can health be considered a market to be grown, and are there limits to it? This presentation examines some of the forces driving research in health, especially the turn toward risk reduction, mass prevention, and life-long chronic treatments. By looking at how the pharmaceutical industry struggles with defining health, it shows how market size comes to play a critical role in our changing understanding of public health and the continual growth of pharmaceutical consumption.

Date: Thursday, March 27th
Time: 4:15-5:45pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free

Narrative in the Age of Distraction: A Conference

Narrative in the Age of Distraction

From Piers Gelly ’13:

On November 7-8, the College of Letters, the Writing Programs, and the Science in Society Program, will be co-sponsoring with The Connection Institute for Innovative Practice “NARRATIVE IN THE AGE OF DISTRACTION,” a conference on the role and importance of narrative in an age of increasing technological and attentional distractions. The conference will feature healthcare practitioners and researchers who use narrative in their practice, as well as leading narrative practitioners who will discuss their adherence to long-form narrative in the digital age.

Among the participants are Rita Charon, M.D. Ph.D., Director of the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; the medical sociologists Arthur Frank, Shadd Maruna and Michael Rowe; Mary Gaitskill, novelist/National Book Award finalist; John McElwee, fiction coordinator at The New Yorker; Molly Barton ’00, Global Digital Director of Penguin Random House; Cami Delavigne, screenwriter of Blue Valentine; Tom Barber, M.D., of Boston University Medical School; Michele Klimczak, MSW, of The Connection; Judi Hannan, author of Motherhood Exaggerated; Jimmie Briggs, award-winning journalist and human rights advocate; Lisa Weinert of Lisa Weinert Consulting; Uzoamaka Maduka of The American Reader; Jennifer Gonnerman, award-winning journalist and author; Guy Story of Audible; and Noah Rosenberg of Narrative.ly.

To register, and for more information, please visit here

Registration is FREE, and all are welcome. Please register if you plan on attending any part of the conference.

Date: Thursday, November 7 to Friday, November 8
Time: I P.M. Thursday to 6 P.M. Friday
Place: World Music Hall (for registration)

Conference Schedule after the jump:

Todd Akin, Professor Tucker, and Legitimate Medieval Rape

“The female body may not be able to shut down conception, but we can at least shut down Akin’s wild claims.”

If you study at a liberal arts college like Wesleyan, you’ve probably already recoiled in disgust at Representative Todd Akin’s comments last week regarding pregnancy and rape.

But if you teach history and science in society at a small liberal arts college like Wesleyan, you’ve probably already unpacked analyzed the decidedly medieval roots and implications of Representative Todd Akin’s curiously antiquated theories of pregnancy and rape. You may have even gotten the New York Times to publish it as an op-ed. 

Enter Professor Jennifer Tucker, who smartly pointed out last week that Todd Akin’s views of rape are in fact quite consistent with science—as long as you’re living in 12th century Germany. Akin, of course, suggested that women are unlikely to become pregnant from rape, because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Turns out this view is intriguingly consistent with what was preached by Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th century:

“Beyond Apologies and Melodramas”: Susan Reverby on Public Health, STDs, Guatemala (++)

Ally “WAAAAAAA” Wang ’12 slaps me on Gchat to let me know about this pretty awesome talk that’s going on today. It features Susan Reverby, Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women’s and Gender studies (Wellesley College), and it’s about something that conspiracy theorists would just die for. The blurb is as follows:

In October 2010, President Obama apologized to the Guatemalan government for US-sponsored medical studies during the 1940s in which men and women were infected with syphilis. The Obama administration learned of the studies from historian Susan Reverby, who noticed the records of the vast postwar medical-infection program in a history archive. A remarkable cascade of events followed her revelation.

Like most things, I hope this gets a film adaptation. Starring Meryl Streep or Tilda Swinton as Reverby. With location filming at Wesleyan to stand in for Wellesley. BOOYA.

Date: Today!
Time: 4:15-5.30 PM
Place: Rm 112, Squash Courts Building, aka 41 Wyllys, aka “the old construction site”