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Tue Oct 4, 2016

Thu Oct 13, 2016

HPS Colloquium - Vassiliki (Betty) Smocovitis


Location: 120 DeBartolo Hall

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)"

Tue Oct 25, 2016

Provost's Distinguished Women's Lecturer: Professor Helen King - "Traveling Inside the Body: Organs, Fluids, and Representation"


Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium

King Public Poster Premedsm

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.

Thu Oct 27, 2016

Provost's Distinguished Women's Lecturer: Professor Helen King - "Gender and sexuality in history: did the eighteenth century change everything?"


Location: 318 DeBartolo Hall

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.

Everyone is welcome. 

Thu Nov 3, 2016

Wed Nov 16, 2016

A Notre Dame Conversation on Sustainability


Location: Geddes Hall Coffee House

This September, Father Jenkins approved the University’s new Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy, calling it “ambitious … yet realistic.” Some people agree that it is both, and some argue that it is neither. Everyone seems to believe that “sustainability” is important – but it’s less clear which dimensions of it are most important and which actions will best promote it.…

Thu Nov 17, 2016

Film: Containment


Location: Browning Cinema in the DPAC

Join the Reilly Center for a showing of the documentary film Containment.


Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima, and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.…

Mon Nov 21, 2016

Magda Romanska, "The Bionic Body: Technology, Disability, and Humanism"


Location: 100-104 McKenna Hall

Drawing on interdisciplinary research from cognitive science, art, film, and disability studies, this project looks at how the concept of the bionic body affects representation of the disabled in contemporary culture (theatre, film, new media) and, in turn, how representation of the disabled body affects the changing boundaries of what is and what isn’t considered "human."

Thu Dec 1, 2016

Reilly Center Holiday Party


Location: Eck Visitors Center

Please join the Reilly Center celebrate the Holiday Season.  We will be hosting an open house at Eck Visitors Center on Thursday, December 1 from 3:00pm-6:00pm.  Everyone is welcome to join us in the auditiorium at 5:30 for an HPS Colloquium talk presented by Alisa Bokulich.  …

HPS Colloquium - Alisa Bokulich


Location: Eck Center Auditorium

The ontic conception of explanation, according to which explanations are "full-bodied things in the world," is fundamentally misguided.  I argue instead for what I call the eikonic conception of scientific explanation...

Alisa Bokulich is the director of B.U.’s Center for Philosophy & History of Science.

Fri Dec 2, 2016

HPS Brownbag- Scott Trigg


Location: 118 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Reading the Cosmos:

Commentaries and the Education of an Islamic Astronomer

Scott Trigg

 History and Philosophy of Science Postdoctoral Fellow


Late medieval Islamic commentaries are a potentially rich but little-used source for historians to explore how ideas about science and religion were transmitted, criticized, and revised both in and outside of formal educational institutions. In this paper, I discuss examples taken from the previously unstudied commentaries of Fatḥallāh al-Shirwānī, a 15th c. astronomer and theologian who trained at the famous Samarqand observatory and was associated with the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II in Istanbul. In particular, Shirwānī’s commentary on Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s al-Tadhkira fī ʿilm al-hayʾa