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2005-2006 Weekly Series of Brown Bag Lunch Conversations
Fall Semester

"Rethinking Science in Society"

All are welcome to join us for this series of discussions, Fridays, 1-2pm, at the Multicultural Center (229 Roberts Road).

Bring your lunch; snacks and drinks will be provided.

**Note the new time for this year!**

On Line Forum for continuing discussion

Contact Paul Grobstein or Anne Dalke for additional information.

The continuation of a series of broad conversations (see Archive), involving scientists and non-scientists as well as academics and non-academics, that explore

  • the natural world and humanity's place in it
  • the nature of education
  • the generation, synthesis, and evaluation of information
  • technology and its potentials
  • the relationship among forms of creativity and understanding
The intent is to provide a forum to learn about each other's work, to discuss topics and methodological problems that transcend particular disciplines and perspectives, and thus to promote interdisciplinary projects on campus and elsewhere. This year's conversation will focus on "Rethinking Science in Society."

During the first semester, we will discuss a series of current social and cultural issues, of significance both in their own right and as examples of the importance for contemporary life of general scientific literacy. We will turn in the second semester to a consideration of the implications of these discussions for science education, and consider a variety of ongoing innovations in this area.

Fall Schedule and Discussion Links

Sept. 9 Paul Grobstein
Kate Shiner ('06)

Evolution

Sept. 16 Eric Raimy Multilingualism
Sept. 23 Catherine Riihimaki, Rheanna Bensel ('06)

The 'control' of nature in New Orleans
Read about it in Bryn Mawr Now!

Sept. 30 Peggy Hollyday Gender and Science
Oct. 7 FALL BREAK  
Oct. 14 FALL BREAK  
Oct. 21 Alexis Bennett Family Issues/Mental Health
Pre-discussion reading: Summary of Project Findings from the Bryn Mawr Work and Family Project
Oct. 28 Tamara Davis, Karen Greif

Genetic Engineering
Pre-discussion reading from the New York Times

Nov. 4 Drew Mirante Nuclear Energy
Nov. 11 Doug Blank, Rebekah Baglini The Internet and the Free Culture Movement
Nov. 18
(Note room change: Aelwyd - 217-219 Roberts Rd. - next door to Multicultural Center)
Blythe Hoyle and class Petroleum Issues
Nov. 25 THANKSGIVING  
Dec. 2 Ralph Kuncl, Elizabeth Logue Ethical Issues in Drug Development
Dec. 9 Wendy Sternberg, Peter Brodfuehrer

Pain and Foetuses
[CANCELLED]


Sharon Burgmayer, "Bridges"
For an exhibit of Sharon's paintings see Transformation



Archive of Prior Conversations


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