Brown Bag Lectures (BBLs)
Brown 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.
The Brown Bag Lecture Series is a project of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry and the Othmer Library of Chemical History.
Winter/Spring 2013 BBLs
- February 5, 2013
Ann Robinson, “Early Periodic Tables of the Elements: Classification, Visualization, and the Periodic Law”
- February 12, 2013
TL Hill and Ram Mudambi, “Guilds and Organizational Change: Contested Logics in the Management of Innovation at Rohm and Haas”
- February 19, 2013
Max Liboiron, “Defining Pollution in the Early Twentieth Century: Allowable Limits and Natural Thresholds”
- February 26, 2013
Donna Bilak, “The Allegorical Laboratory: Michael Maier’s Alchemical Emblem Book Atalanta fugiens (1617), and the Art of Technology”
- March 5, 2013
Laura Kalba, “Movement, Spark, and Color: A Short History of Fireworks”
- March 12, 2013
- March 19, 2013
Victoria Lee, “Pure Culture: Traditional Industry and Microbial Studies in Early Twentieth-Century Japan”
- March 26, 2013
Cameron Strang, “Geology, Slavery, and Sectionalism in the 1830s Gulf South”
- April 2, 2013
Henry Cowles and Michael Barany, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackboard”
- April 9, 2013
Andrew Butrica, “Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800–1884): Chemistry, Industry, Labor, and the French Bourgeoisie”
- April 16, 2013
Carolina Malagon, “Affinity and Self-Experiment: J. W. Ritter’s Galvanic Poetics”
- April 23, 2013—CANCELLED!
- April 30, 2013
Ben Gross, “The Rise of the Digital Indicator: A Story in Seven Segments”
- May 7, 2013
Tuna Artun, “Guiding the Elect: A Textual History of Ottoman Alchemy in the Eighteenth Century”
For information on past BBLs, please visit the page below or contact email@example.com.
Learn about CHF’s BBLs from Fall 2010.
Learn about CHF’s BBLs from Spring 2010.
Learn about CHF’s BBLs from Spring 2011.