The 2013-2014 STS Seminar Series continues with a very exciting talk by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Gregg Mitman, titled “Cinematic Journeys: The Many Lives of an Expedition Film Never Made”. Mitman’s talk will take place Feb. 13 in Stedman Lecture Hall F, from 12:30 to 2pm.
Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the founding director of the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History and Environment, while also curating Madison’s Tales from Planet Earth film festival.
Mitman has a diverse list of research and teaching interests, including environmental history, the history of science and medicine, as well as the visual culture of scientific knowledge production and dissemination. His most recent work explores the role of both science and medicine in the changing relationship between the United States and the tropical world, with a focus on the Firestone Plantations Company in Liberia.
His research is also motivated by a desire to build a more just and equitable environment, which has led him to become a frequent guest on national radio and science podcasts in the United States. He has also written a number of articles for American newspapers and magazines.
The 2013-2014 Research Seminar Series in Science & Technology Studies explores the roles of instruments and media as investigators of organic worlds at various scales and in various settings. The sites of these experimental investigations are examined to highlight the social roles, scenes and the actors engaged in these inquiries.
For the full calendar, visit the the Research Seminar Series in Science and Technology Studies website. The STS Seminar Series is sponsored by Situating Science Cluster Grant, iSTS, Department of Natural Science, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Faculty of Science, Bethune College, and the Canadian Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture.
The seminar is free and open to the public.