Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dibner Seminar

The Huntington is pleased to announce a new seminar series in conjunction with the Dibner History of Science Program. The first meeting will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Classrooms 1 & 2 of the Munger Research Center at The Huntington. Coffee will be available starting at 9:30.

Our speaker will be Marga Vicedo, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, and her topic will be "Cold War Emotions: Mother Love and Human Nature in Post-War America." Following World War II, there was an explosion of research on human emotions and its biological underpinnings, instincts. Through scholarly and popular writings, psychoanalysts, ethologists, and psychologists studying child development succeeded in bringing instincts back into scientific and social debates. Dr. Vicedo will examine the work of Konrad Lorenz on geese, Harry Harlow on monkeys, and John Bowlby on children to find out whether children have an innate need for mother love and then explore the reception of their views in the United States during the Cold War era.

All scholars and graduate students with an interest in the history of science are cordially invited to attend. There will be no pre-circulated paper, and NO RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

Please save the date for the following:

May 29, 2010

Antonio Barrera
Associate Professor of History, Colgate University
"Indian Doctors and Mexico in the Making of Early Modern Science"

June 12, 2010

Andreas Killen
Associate Professor of History, City College of New York
"What is an Enlightenment Film? Cinema and Social Hygiene in Germany between the Wars"

All seminars begin at 10:00 a.m. and will meet in Classrooms 1 & 2 of the Munger Research Center at The Huntington. An email with details will be sent a few weeks ahead of each seminar.

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