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The Department of the History of Science is a lively interdisciplinary community of scholars and students who seek to advance understanding of science, technology, and medicine in their historical and social contexts. 

Our faculty and students come from diverse backgrounds and employ diverse approaches. We examine the past and present workings of science, technology, and medicine, the basis of their authority, the ethical and political dimensions of their regulation and applications, and the relationships among them and larger intellectual, cultural, social, and political trends and changes. Diversity, inclusion, and belonging are fundamental to the Department’s mission and identity, not only as moral and social goods, but because they make possible the advancement of knowledge central to our understanding of history and the world about us. 

 

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Naomi Oreskes Moderates Environmental Panels at 2018 Davos Summit.

January 29, 2018
Professor Naomi Oreskes attended the annual World Economic Forum in a very snowy Davos, Switzerland from January 22-26, 2018.  While there, she moderated session on Climate, Energy, and Technology.  She also moderated a session titled, “Climate’s Two Degrees of Separation” where former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore was one of the panelists.  View the session on Youtube Read more about Naomi Oreskes Moderates Environmental Panels at 2018 Davos Summit.
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"No More America" debates 18th century ideas of slavery & "natural law"

October 31, 2017
No More, America,” depicts an 18th-century Harvard debate about whether slavery was compatible with natural law. The 14-minute film, on view in the Harvard Art Museums’ Lightbox Gallery, was developed by Professor Peter Galison in conjunction with “The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820,” an exhibit highlighting the diverse teaching methods and fine art for which the Harvard Hall room was known.... Read more about "No More America" debates 18th century ideas of slavery & "natural law"
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