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Science, Technology & Society Events

Spring 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Open House for all interested students, STS majors, STS faculty
12:15 - 1:15PM (PDT) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 950 4278 3313; Passcode: 024806)
FMI: Prof. Vivien Hamilton

Friday, April 2, 2021
Dirk Schlimm, McGill University
"Calculus' as Method or 'Calculus' as Rules? Boole and Frege on the aims of a logical culculus."
10:00AM (Pacific) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 870 1604 9318; Passcode: 170485)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Friday, March 5, 2021
Nic Ramos, Drexel University
"Policing Health: Making Poverty, Race, and Sexuality Productive in Global Los Angeles, 1965-1986"
2:00PM (Pacific) via Zoom:  RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.
Abstract: This talk will examine the development of medical expertise and health protocol in new public health institutions. It investigates neighborhood clinics, community mental health centers, and emergency medical systems nationally piloted in a Los Angeles County hospital and Black-led Medical School built as a response to the 1965 Watts Uprising/Riots called King-Drew Medical Center. I argue, by the 1980s, this suite of health institutions functioned with enlarged police outfits, new patterns of spatial segregation, and more highly securitized state hospitals to manage worklessness, undocumented immigration, and working poverty resulting from post 1960s global economic restructuring. My reading of archival documents reveals politicians, medical experts, and health policy makers mobilized discourses of health and moral uplift embedded in the racial and sexual liberalism of 1960s and 1970s social movements to reform the supposed “backwards” sexuality, reproductive politics, and “culture” of LGBT, undocumented, and poor people of color. As an urban “safety net” for the medically indigent, these public health institutions renewed policing of LGBT, undocumented, and poor Black and Brown people while buffeted profitable health markets outside “medically underserved areas” from collapse.
FMI: Prof. Carlin Wing

Friday, February 26, 2021
Laura Turner, Monmouth University
"Women as Data and as Individuals: Public Dialogues on Sexism in Mathematics During the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s"
10:00AM (Pacific) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 870 1604 9318; Passcode: 170485)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Friday, February 19, 2021
Vincent Peluce, City University of New York
"The Perception of Time in Intuitionistic Arithmetic"
9:15AM (Pacific) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 870 1604 9318; Passcode: 170485)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Aston Wesner, University of California, Berkeley
"Ecology Against Empire: Spiders, Sex, and Feminist Field Science"
4:00PM (Pacific) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 829 4484 5401)
Abstract: Ashton Wesner is a lecturer of history of science—and research fellow at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society—at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching in environmental humanities combine feminist history of the natural sciences, queer science & technology studies, and Native American and Indigenous studies. She brings these fields together to sharpen our conceptions of US imperialist environmental violence and expand feminist practices in evolutionary and field biology. Her current book project, Anti-colonial Arachnology, examines the gendered and racialized dynamics of how knowledge is produced about animal mating behavior. She situates an ethnographic study of evolutionary biologists in a “spider lab” within a spatial and political analysis of their fields on Tohono O’Odham ancestral territory at the US-México border. Wesner’s broader collaborative research program is guided by the questions: How do practicing biologists uphold and upend heteropatriarchal understandings of sex, gender, and violence in their quotidian study of non-human animals? How might life sciences offer openings for feminist analytics of migration and right-relations with occupied lands?

Friday, January 29, 2021
Matthew Jones, Columbia University
"Learning to Love Opacity: Decision Trees and the Genealogy of the Algorithmic Black Box"
9:15AM (Pacific) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 870 1604 9318; Passcode: 170485)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Friday, January 22, 2021
Paola Cantú, Aix-Marseille University and CNRS
"Peano's Formalization and Semantics"
10:00AM (Pacific) via Zoom
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Fall 2020

Friday, November 20, 2020
Brigitte Stenhouse, The Open University
"Translating Laplace's Mécanique Céleste in Early 19th-Century Great Britain"
9:00AM (Pacific) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 969 3763 1191; Passcode: 310555)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Friday, October 30, 2020
Nicolas Michel, Utrecht University
"Tic-Tac Geometry: The Principle of Correspondence from Chasles to Segre"
9:00AM (Pacific) via Zoom (Meeting ID: 969 3763 1191; Passcode: 310555)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Monday, October 26, 2020
Kelli Moore, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU
"The Digital Rape Complaint: Allegation Escrow Technology and the Social Dynamics of Rape Reporting, A Media Studies and Legal Theory Concern"
4:15PM (Pacific) via Zoom: Register here to receive the Zoom link.
Abstract: This talk is positioned at a theory intersection between law and media studies. The use of these applications by rape victims occurs in the context of Violence Against Women Act and Title IX legislation and a social media environment that amplifies political feelings and the negotiation of attention to social situations. Guided by Ariella Azoulay’s concept of the “civil contract of photography,” the talk examines how allegation escrow apps contribute to the way rape “shows up in the discourse without the mediation of visual images either direct or indirect." I consider reporting models to understand what we mean by victim participation, solidarity, and the transformation from tabooed visual evidence of rape toward managing victim hesitation and passivity, minor political emotions I associate with Sianne Ngai’s conception of the “ugly feelings.” I ask what are the imagined legal futures and social dynamics of rape reporting, testimony, and prosecution? What are the social dynamics of evidence production and the performance of testimony? I suggest how these dynamics involve shifts in disciplinary understanding of the rape perpetrator, and theories of victimization.
FMI: Prof. Gabriela Morales

Friday, October 16, 2020
Ekaterina Babintseva, Harvey Mudd College
"Of Minds and Computers: Harnessing Mathematical Creativity"
9:00AM, via Zoom (Meeting ID: 969 3763 1191;  Passcode: 310555)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Friday, October 2, 2020
Lucas Bang, Harvey Mudd College
"Abstraction and Computation: a history of the future?"
9:00AM, via Zoom (Meeting ID: 969 3763 1191;  Passcode: 310555)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Friday, September 18, 2020
Edray Goins, Pomona College
"The Black Mathematician Chronicles: Our Quest to Update the MAD Pages"
9:00AM, via Zoom (Meeting ID: 969 3763 1191;  Passcode: 310555)
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Spring 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020
Giselle Secco, Universidad Federal de Santa Maria
Title: TBA
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Monday, April 6, 2020
Jemma Lorenat (moderator), Pitzer College
Subject: TBA, a Reading Discussion
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Amir Alexander, University of California Los Angeles
"The Sceptical Mathematician: How John Wallis Saved Mathematics for the Royal Society"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Monday, March 9, 2020 -- CANCELLED
Sloan Despeaux, Western Carolina University
"Competition, Conflict, and Survival of the Fittest in a rapidly-changing commercial publishing venue for mathematics"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Fall 2019

Monday, December 2, 2019
Michael Friedman, Humboldt University Berlin
"On branch points and branch curves at the turn on the 19th century"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Monday, November 11, 2019
Jeffrey Oaks, University of Indianapolis
"Arithmetical Proofs in Arabic Algebra"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Monday, October 14, 2019
Gabriel Greenberg, University of California Los Angeles
"The Semantics of Iconic and Symbolic Representation"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Alyssa Newman, Harvey Mudd College
"Mixing and Matching: The Role of Race in Gamete Donor Selection"
Followed by pizza party: 3rd floor patio, Shanahan Center, HMC
4:15PM, Drinkward Recital Hall, Shanahan Center, HMC
FMI: contact Prof. Vivien Hamilton

Monday, September 30, 2019
Della Dumbaugh, University of Richmond
"Does one man make a team? Solomon Lefschetz as Editor of the Annals of Mathematics"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page. 

Monday, September 16, 2019
Jemma Lorenat (moderator), Pitzer College
"Paper read before the mathematical club at Girton College. May Term, 1893" by Charlotte Angas Scott -- a discussion of the historically interesting paper
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page. ​

Thursday, September 12, 2019
"Science for Social Justice in Puerto Rico"
4:15PM, Drinkward Recital Hall, HMC
FMI and an abstract on the event page

Spring 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019
Sean Walsh, University of California at Los Angeles
"Infinitesimals, valued fields, and the orders of infinite smallness"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, HMC
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Hixon Colloquium by Darrel Moellendorf
"Three Interpretations of the Anthropocene: Hope and Anxiety at the End of Nature."
4:15PM, Drinkward Recital Hall, HMC
FMI: Prof. Marianne De Laet

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Information Session: changes to major, internship info, grad school info, research, etc.
5:45 - 7:00PM, Kravis Center Lower Court room 63, CMC
Dinner and refreshments will be included!
FMI: Prof. Vivien Hamilton

Monday, April 1, 2019
Jim Smith, San Francisco State University
"Mario Pieri, Overloading, and Information Hiding in 1907"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page

Monday, March 11, 2019
Judy Grabiner (moderator), Pitzer College
"Computers and the Nature of Man: a historian's perspective on controversies about artificial intelligence" -- a discussion of the historically interesting paper
3:00PM, Skandera P105, Pitzer College

Monday, February 25, 2019
Deborah Kent, Drake University
" 'Glorious Beyond Description': The U.S. Naval Corps of Professors of Mathematics Experience a Total Solar Eclipse in 1869"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page

Monday, February 11, 2019
Vincenzo De Risi, University of Paris
"Johann Lambert and Modern Axiomatics"
3:00PM, Parsons 1289, Harvey Mudd College
FMI and an abstract on the HOM seminar page