The Lunchtime Lecture Series is a virtual weekly talk series on the history of science, technology, and medicine. We invite historians and speakers from the sciences, arts, and humanities to cover intriguing topics followed by a Q&A.
Now combined with our Saturday Speaker Series, Lunchtime Lectures take a rigorous and entertaining approach to exploring topics for scholars and anyone interested in stories about the history of science. The talks help expand perceptions of the nature of science and how it’s done.
This season, we’re showcasing historians and scientists whose work analyzes the past, present, and future of environmental science.
The Lunchtime Lecture Series is a project of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Science History Institute. For more information about this series, please contact email@example.com.
Learn about caddisfly art, mayfly mating rituals, and scuba diving beetles, along with a surprising Guinness Book world record held by a tiny, tiny bug!
Postdoctoral researcher Odinn Melsted will trace adopted geophysical exploration techniques in Iceland.
Recorded Lunchtime Lectures
The following Lunchtime Lectures are now available to view. Click on the title to access the video.
Robin Wolfe Scheffler
Brightening Biochemistry: The Role of Humor in Scientific Research
Untold Stories: Making Exhibitions More Inclusive
Science, Incorporated: Constructing the Natures of American Modernization
This series of Lunchtime Lectures, held in May and June 2020, unpicked the diverse ways in which nature—and the study of nature—became entangled with the modernization of America, from the early origins of laboratory pedagogy to mineral prospecting by satellite. Drawing on their own original historical research, our speakers interrogated how the government department, virtuoso scientist, electronics corporation, and other contemporary agents mobilized scientific knowledge in pursuit of technological, social, and political objectives. Together they showed how these actions not only constructed knowledge of nature but also the multiple natures of American modernization.
A Window to the Future: LCD Manufacturing at RCA, 1968–1976
Recent Lunchtime Lectures
Charlotte A. Abney Salomon
The Discovery of Elements in 18th-Century Sweden
The following were presented as part of the Virtual Saturday Speaker Series:
Almost Magic: Edison, Electricity, and the Phonograph
Footwear for the Revolution: Shoemaking in the 18th Century