Brown Bag Lectures (BBLs)

Brown Bag LecturesBrown Bag Lectures (BBLs) are a series of weekly, informal talks on the history of chemistry or related subjects, including the history and social studies of science, technology, and medicine. Based on original research (sometimes still in progress), these talks are given by local scholars for an audience of CHF staff and fellows and interested members of the public.

All BBLs begin promptly at noon on the second or sixth floor of CHF. Visitors should check at the front desk for the lecture's location. Latecomers will not be admitted.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series is a project of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry and the Othmer Library of Chemical History.


Fall 2014

We are pleased to announce this fall's schedule of Brown Bag lectures. Lectures will be held every Tuesday from September 23 to  December 9, excepting the week of Thanksgiving.

  • September 23
    William Brock, Lecturer Emeritus, University of Leicester, U.K., and Beckman Center Doan Fellow

  • September 30
    Jeffrey Johnson, Professor of History, Villanova University and Beckman Center Haas Fellow

  • October 7
    Jeremy Greene

  • October 14
    Stefano Gattei, Lecturer, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy, and Beckman Center Edelstein Fellow

  • October 21
    Rachel Rothschild

  • October 28
    E. A. Driggers, PhD Candidate, University of South Carolina and Beckman Center Edelstein Fellow

  • November 4
    Daniel Liu, PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison and Beckman Center Price Fellow

  • November 11
    Timothy Johnson, PhD Candidate, University of Georgia and Beckman Center Allington Fellow

  • November 18
    Britt Dahlberg, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania and CHF Fellow-in-Residence

  • December 2

  • December 9
    Ignacio Suay Matallana, University of Valencia, Spain, and Beckman Center Cain Fellow


For information on past BBLs, please visit the page below or contact

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