Location: Jordan Hall of Science and Hilton Garden Inn/Inn at St. Mary's
The Reilly Center is please to cosponsor the inaugural AWIS conference at Notre Dame.
With an increase of graduating PhD students and a declining academic job market, current PhD students face a more challenging process of locating a position within their ﬁeld. Women especially have a hard time expanding their career in STEM. The Association for Women in Science, Notre Dame Chapter’s (AWIS-ND) vison in hosting the ﬁrst ever RegionalWomen in Science conference is to provide the career development and networking opportunitiesfor female graduate students to succeed.…
Dr. Smocovitis studies the history, philosophy and social study of the twentieth century biological sciences, especially evolutionary biology, systematics, ecology and genetics. She also studies the history of the botanical sciences in America.
"Sons of Synthesis? E. O. Wilson, the Critique of the Adaptationist Program, and Sociobiology (1959-1979)"…
How did people in the past think about the insides of their bodies?
This illustrated lecture will take us from the ancient Greeks to the twenty-first century. We will explore the role of dissection in changing professional medical views, but also the assumptions ordinary people made by using images of the body taken from their daily lives – whether that was thinking of the body as a kitchen, a garden, a factory, or a battlefield. We’ll investigate the shift from focusing on the body as a collection of fluids, to concentrating on the organs.
Thomas Laqueur’s 1990 book, Making Sex, argued for an eighteenth-century watershed in changing our understandings of the body, gender, and sexuality. Looking at classical, medieval and early modern materials, this lecture will both challenge that view and explore why it has been so powerful. We will think about what happens when we consider more than just the sexual organs in defining sex, and why it is so important to take genre into account when studying the history of the body.