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.
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.
- January 27, 2015: Kristin DeGhetaldi
CANCELED. THIS TALK WILL TAKE PLACE AT 11:30 A.M. ON FEBRUARY 24
Before Leonardo: Using Science to Discover Italy’s First Oil Painters
- February 3, 2015: Deanna Day
CANCELED. THIS TALK WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.
Bringing Science Down to the Level of Boys: Chemistry Sets, the American Future, and Making Meaning out of Science Using the Technological Systems of Toys
- February 10, 2015: Joel Klein
What Are Historians Doing in the Laboratory?! The Methods and Methodology of Reconstructing BNF MS. FR. 640
- February 24, 2015: Kristin DeGhetaldi
Rescheduled from January 27. Please note: this talk will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Before Leonardo: Using Science to Discover Italy's First Oil Painters
- March 3, 2015: Nadia Berenstein
Capturing Nature’s Flavors: Flavor Chemistry in the United States, 1913–1954
- March 10, 2015: Charlotte Abney
Finding Yttrium: Johan Gadolin and the Development of a “Discovery”
- March 17, 2015: Mathias Grote
From “Total Synthesis” to “Synthetic Biology”? Making Biomolecules with Reagents, Enzymes, and Machines, 1960s–1980s
- March 24, 2015: Geert Somsen
Chemical Internationalism: Wilhelm Ostwald, Die Brücke, and the Energy Streams of Empire
- March 31, 2015: Daniel Kelm
Chemical Glassware: The Aesthetics of Function
- April 7, 2015: Sergio Sismondo
- April 14, 2015: Nandini Bhattacharya
A Pharmacopeia for India: The Chemistry of Active Principles and Nationalism
- April 21, 2015: Meredith Farmer
- April 28, 2015: Michael Worboys
Before Translational Medicine: The Development of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- May 5, 2015: Jason Pine
Meth Labs, Material Culture, and Industrial Geography
- May 12, 2015: Elly Truitt
Roger Bacon’s Experimental Science
For information on past BBLs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.