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Event Archives: 2015 - 2016

Spring 2016

Creative Careers: Fusing Art and Science
574 Boston Ave, Room 401, 12-2pm (lunch provided)
Dean Nancy Bauer moderates a conversation with six panelists who represent a range of careers at the interface of the arts with science and technology. Do you ever wonder if there are jobs out there that value both artistic and scientific thinking? Do you wonder how to maintain your passion for learning and your artistic creativity if you have a desk job? Join the conversation!
Held Friday, May 6, 2016
Sponsors: Student Life Fund, STS

Environmental Studies "Lunch & Learn": The Social Lives of Computer Models in Forestry Research
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, 12:00pm
Speaker: Tom Özden-Schilling (Tufts/MIT)
Abstract: What can a long-simmering technical dispute between two groups of tree growth modelers tell us about the relationship between expertise and environmental governance in the twenty-first century? Drawing on over a year of ethnographic work, this talk will explore how the professional goals and social attachments of different forestry scientists have shaped the kinds of stories that computer simulations tell about the future of forests – and of forestry science – in British Columbia.
Held Thursday, April 21, 2016
Sponsors: Environmental Studies
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Canonical Forms: The mathematical structure of musical canons
Speaker: Noam Elkies (Harvard)
Abstract: To write a musical canon—be it "Three Blind Mice" or the climax of a Bach fugue—one constructs a melody that can act as its own harmony. Thinking about this task leads us to look at musical structure from points of view usually associated with science and mathematics, not the arts. The lecture will be illustrated with diagrams as well as musical examples from various eras and genres (including at least one improvised on the spot), and will require no technical background in either music or mathematics
Held Thursday, April 7, 2016
Sponsors: Mathematics, Music

Escaping Melodramas: How do we think about the infamous studies in Tuskegee and Guatemala?
Speaker: Susan Reverby (Wellesley)
Abstract: The infamous "Tuskegee study" was a four-decades-long (1932-72) project of the U.S. Public Health Service in which African American men were deceived into believing they were being treated for syphilis, while in fact they were only being monitored. In the course of researching Tuskegee, Susan Reverby found unpublished papers from another U.S. government study, this time conducted in Guatemala (1946-48), in which scientists actually infected men and women with sexually transmitted diseases in a prison, an army barracks, and a mental hospital. What are the opportunities and responsibilities for scholarly work on such deeply problematic historical events?
Held Monday April 4, 2016
Sponsors: Sociology, Community Health, STS

Utopian Listening: The Late Electroacoustic Music of Luigi Nono
Utopian Listening will bring together scholars, sound engineers, composers, and musicians to engage with the practical and aesthetic challenges of performing Luigi Nono's works with live electronics, considered within their historical and political contexts as well as their contemporary ramifications and potentialities. Held on Tufts Campus, March 23-26, 2016. Sponsors: Music (Tufts and Harvard)
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Hearing Heat: Acoustemology meets the Anthropocene
Steve Feld (Anthropology, University of New Mexico)
Held March 14, 2016. Sponsors: Anthropology
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Imagined Futures: Exploring how speculation about the future shapes what actually comes to pass
Imagining the future, and convincing people it's a future they want, is a great way have that future vision guide people's current actions. Come see how it's being done by scholars and professionals who study speculative fiction, synthetic biology, microbiology, popular culture, technology, and security. Moderated by Sam Weiss Evans (STS, Tufts/Harvard).
Held March 7, 2016. Sponsors: STS

Microphone as Prosthesis, Instrument, and Technology, 1830-1930
Carolyn Abbate (Music, Harvard)
Opera scholar Carolyn Abbate takes a close look at a taken-for-granted technology.
Held February 29, 2016. Sponsors: Music, STS

Known Unknowns? Zika: Science, Politics, and Policy-making
Rosemary Taylor (Sociology & Community Health, Tufts)
Information about Zika, its transmission, and its effects is changing on a daily basis. What do we know? What don't we know? What should be done in the face of uncertain scientific information?
Held February 17, 2016. Sponsors: Sociology
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Averroes on Infinite and Subjective Time
Taneli Kukkonen (Philosophy, NYU-Abu Dhabi)
The 12th-century Islamic scholar Ibn Rushd (latinized as Averroes) worked on metaphysics and many other areas spanning philosophy, science, and theology. Here, the focus is on his writings about the nature of time.
Held February 12, 2016. Sponsors: Philosophy, Classics

Lunch discussion: The modern history of microbes
A discussion with Funke Sangodeyi (ReD Associates) and Ben Wolfe (Biology, Tufts), moderated by Moon Duchin (Mathematics, Tufts). How do people perceive something they (generally) cannot see but know can have major impacts on their lives? When did we start talking about "good germs"? With the rise of probiotics for both humans and agriculture, what is at stake in influencing public perceptions of microbes?
Held February 4, 2016. Sponsors: STS, Biology

Black gay men under the corporate anthropological lens: The business of HIV and the politics of health
Funke Sangodeyi (ReD Associates)
A critical look at an anthropological study commissioned by Big Pharma on the lives and healthcare ecologies of "black men who have sex with men" against the backdrop of skyrocketing HIV rates in Baltimore, Maryland and Jackson, Mississippi. Sangodeyi asks how the setting — corporate, academic, activist, etc — shapes and informs a social inquiry.
Held February 4, 2016. Sponsors: STS, Anthropology, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Community Health, LGBT Center, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Weekend of Making
A series of hands-on workshops and activities in two of Tufts' makerspaces: the new Make Studio at 574 Boston Ave. and the Crafts Center in Lewis Hall. Held January 30-31, 2016. Sponsors: MAKE, Robotics, Entrepreneurs, Crafts, Human Factors
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Fall 2015

Causes and predictions in epidemiology
Alex Broadbent (Philosophy, University of Johannesburg)
Epidemiological examples, such as the history of views about the link between smoking and cancer, are used to study attribution and prediction in science. How can data be interpreted in terms of causality?
Held October 9, 2015. Sponsors: Philosophy, STS