Perspectives is an ever-growing library of podcasts, videos, and essays on the history of science, technology and medicine, along with resources for further learning and opportunities to engage in ongoing conversations.

Perspectives provides discussions with leading scholars, interviews with recent authors, and archival highlights from the exceptional collections of Consortium member institutions.


Watch Peter Sachs Collopy, Michael Chwe, Ruth Lewin Sime, and Robert Marc Friedman and they discuss justice and injustice in science, with specific reference to the "Meitner Scandal" and the re-evaluation of Robert Millikan's troubling legacy. Susan Lindee moderates the panel, and Sue V. Rosser provides commentary and discussion.


Listen to this ongoing series of perspectives on the history of scientific racism and "race science" from scholars in the humanities and social sciences. There are currently eight episodes in the series that investigate the intersections of science and race in the United States, Latin America, Western Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. 


Courtney Thompson and Alicia Puglionesi discuss their books on the history of phrenology and psychical science in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. 

Eugenia Lean explores the transformation of Chinese industry in the early twentieth century. Lean demonsrtrates the importance of culture and knowledge production to China's industrial, technological, and economic development.


Adam R. Shapiro examines the Scopes Trial and the antievolution movement in America from a new vantage point, turning to the early twentieth century science textbook industry and push for compulsory education to understand the battle over what was taught in America's schools.

Stephen Weldon discusses the history of the humanist movement in America and the ways in which its "scientific spirit" became central to American liberal culture and values.


Rachel Walker discusses race and science in early America, using archival images pertaining to phrenology and physiognomy to discuss the ways these techniques were used to prop up existing social hierarchies, and also to subvert them. 


Bert Hansen guides us through his donated collection of images of medical treatments and technologies found in nineteenth century mass media publications. 


Follow along with Professor Mary Fissell as she discusses her research on Aristotle's Masterpiece, a late 17th century English sex and midwifery manual. 


Dóra Vargha uses a series of polio epidemics in communist Hungary to understand the response to a global public health emergency in the midst of the Cold War.




In this podcast episode, we discuss the history of how biblical notions of race influenced European understandings of Africa.


In Bone RoomsSamuel Redman explores the history of human remains collecting. The collection and display of bodily remains became central to debates about ethics, repatriation, and scientific authority that continue today.


The advancement of space science, the allure of profiting on lunar resources, and ideas for a permanent human presence on the Moon are raising attention. They also generate controversy and pose challenging questions.



In Routes of Power, Christopher Jones describes how the American energy industry grew into a vast network of canals, pipelines, and wires - fueling growth and consumption and leading to environmental problems associated with fossil fuels.


Is the story of American girls’ and women’s access to science and math education a direct path from exclusion to inclusion? What does equity for girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics look like, and how do we get there?


Join historian Melanie Kiechle as she delves into the history of health and sensory perception in 19th century urban environments.


What are the historical roots of resistance to vaccination? What is the data about contemporary attitudes? How do these attitudes relate to changing social, economic and political contexts? How do these issues play out in the relationship between a doctor and a patient?


Join American historian Billy Smith, and epidemiologist Michael Levy, for a conversation that uses both science and history to understand the intersection of urban development and the spread of contagions.


When and why did patients started to be called "consumers," and what are the positive and negative aspects of twentieth-century medical "consumerism?"


Explore historical perspectives on the contemporary issue of biobanking and the scientific collection of human biological materials.

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