Historical Perspectives On Contemporary Issues
Presidents of AAHM, HSS, and SHOT
A forum held online with past and current Fellows of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology & Medicine on September 14, 2020.
Join Fellows of the Consortium and Jan Golinski, Thomas Misa, and Keith Wailoo, the respective presidents of the History of Science Society, Society for the History of Technology, and the American Association for the History of Medicine, as they discuss the challenges of the present moment and what the future holds for their organizations. They discuss the organizations' new initiatives, the roles of young scholars in the Societies, the limits and opportunities of virtual meetings, inclusion and diversity in the profession, and the current jobs crisis.
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University of New Hampshire
Jan Golinski is Professor of History and Humanities at the University of New Hampshire. His books include: Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820 (Cambridge University Press, 1992); Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2005); British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2007); and The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2016). He has held distinguished fellowships at the Huntington Library and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and currently serves as President of the History of Science Society. His current work is on ideas about climate change in Europe and North American in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
University of Minnesota
Thomas Misa directed the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota (2006-17), where he taught in the history of science, technology, and medicine program and was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is author or editor of eleven books, most recently Communities of Computing: Computer Science and Society in the ACM (ACM Books/Morgan & Claypool, 2016). His numbers-hevy article "Dynamics of Gender Bias in Computing" is forthcoming from Communications of the ACM. Currently, he is president of the Society for the History of Technology and preparing the third edition to Leonardo to the Internet (Johns Hopkins).
Keith Wailoo is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University where he teaches in the Department of History and in the School of Public and International Affairs. He is the former chair of History (2017-20) and former Vice Dean in the School of Public and International Affairs (2013-15). In 2007, Wailoo was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He is currently President of the American Association for the History of Medicine (2020-22). Wailoo graduated from Yale University with a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and worked as a science writer for several years, before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the History and Sociology of Science. His books include: Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette (University of Chicago Press, 2021); Pain: A Political History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); How Cancer Crossed the Color Line (Oxford University Press, 2011); The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) (with Stephen Pemberton); Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health (University of North Carolina Press, 2001); and Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997).
Click here for the HSS & SHOT Virtual Forum, October 8-11, 2020
Resources for further engagement
In addition to the three professional organizations, the Consortium's member institutions provide many opportunities to engage with the topics discussed in this video by Jan Golinski, Tom Misa, and Keith Wailoo.
Our cross-institutional search tool allows researchers to investigate materials across multiple institutions from a single interface. With more than 4.4 million catalog records of rare books and manuscripts, the Consortium's search hub offers scholars and the public the ability to identify and locate relevant materials.
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Some materials related to public health, vaccines, and the COVID-19 pandemic include:
Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic, a series of discussions hosted by the Consortium
Trust in Science: Vaccines, a forum held at the American Philosophical Society on January 19, 2019
Rockefeller Foundation International Health Board/Division Records, Rockefeller Archive Center
Thomas M. Rivers Papers, American Philosophical Society
Peter K. Olitsky Papers, American Philosophical Society
Baruch S. Blumberg Papers, American Philosophical Society
Some materials related to race, science, and social inequities include:
Ashley Montagu Papers, American Philosophical Society
Some materials related to the history of the internet and digital technology include:
MCI Communications Corporation photographs and audiovisual materials, Hagley Museum and Library
Select Publications from our speakers:
Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette, by Keith Wailoo; University of Chicago Press, 2021.
How Cancer Crossed the Color Line, by Keith Wailoo; Oxford University Press, 2011.
Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health, by Keith Wailoo; UNC Press, 2001.
Digital State: The Story of Minnesota's Computing Industry, by Thomas Misa; University of Minnesota Press, 2013.
Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present, by Thomas Misa; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865-1925, by Thomas Misa; Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
The Experimental Self: Humphry Davy and the Making of a Man of Science, by Jan Golinski; University of Chicago Press, 2016.
British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment, by Jan Golinski; University of Chicago, 2007.
Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain, 1760-1820, by Jan Golinski; Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Visit the webpages of the History of Science Society, Society for the History of Technology, and the American Association for the History of Medicine:
Visit the webpages of our speakers:
Jan Golinski, HSS
Thomas Misa, SHOT
Keith Wailoo, AAHM
See also recent work from our fellows:
The Genetics of the Brazilian Northeastern Population, 1950-1980: Heredity, Race and Culture, Ana Carolina Vimieiro Gomes