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January 19, 2018

The Nicholson Center for British Studies
Alison Winter Lecture Series
Please save-the-date for the second annual lecture in memory of the life and work of our colleague and friend, Alison Winter, 
Professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College
Director of the Nicholson Center for British Studies (2013-16)

Janet Browne
Aramont Professor of the History of Science
Harvard University

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Darwin’s Afterlives, Recollection and the Making of Biography
Friday, January 19th
5:00pm
Classics 110

Janet Browne’s interests range widely over the history of the life and earth sciences and natural history. After a first degree in zoology she studied for a PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London, published as The Secular Ark: Studies in the History of Biogeography (1983). Ever since then she has specialized in reassessing Charles Darwin’s work, first as associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, and more recently as author of a biographical study that integrated Darwin’s science with his life and times. While it was framed as a biographical study, the intention was to explore the ways in which scientific knowledge was created, distributed and accepted, moving from private to public, as reflected in the two-volume structure of the work.

Images: Charles Darwin, © Darwin Heirlooms Trust, English Heritage Photo Library
Background image, © The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online

March 29, 2017

The Nicholson Center for British Studies Lecture in Memory of Alison Winter

Tuesday, May 30th at 4:30pm

Please save the date for a lecture in memory of the life and work of our colleague and friend, Alison Winter, Professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and the college, and Director of the Nicholson Center for British Studies (2013-2016)

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Simon Schaffer - Professor of History of Science (University of Cambridge)

"Time Machines and Memory Devices: Powers of Mind and Modern Histories."

Tuesday, May 30th at 4:30pm
Swift Hall, Third Floor Lecture Hall
Reception to follow