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 2015

September 8, 2015: Juan-Andres Leon, “Illuminating the Mid-20th-Century Revolution in Instrumental Analysis: The Bodensee Collection at the Chemical Heritage Foundation″

September 22, 2015: Marcin Krasnodebski, “Can Science Feed on Crisis? The Case of the French Resin Chemistry (1900–1970)

September 29, 2015: Andreas Weber, “Making Money Circulate: Chemistry and ‘Governance’ in the Career of Coins in the Early 19th-Century Dutch Empire

October 13, 2015: Justin Rivest, “The Chymical Capuchins of the Louvre and Their Planned Mission to Ethiopia (1678–1681)

October 27, 2015: Hanna Vikstrom, “Scarcity or Abundance? Illuminating the Role of Scarce Metals

November 17, 2015: Axel Petit, “The Clausius-Williamson Hypothesis: History of the Exploration of a Scientific No-Man’s-Land (1850–1890)

November 24, 2015: Raechel Lutz, “Refining a State: An Environmental History of Oil Refining in New Jersey, 1877–1973

December 1, 2015: Elena Conis, “The DDT Myths

December 8, 2015: Lisa Haushofer, “Thrift on Toast, Civilization Consommé: Physiological Chemistry, Commercial Medicinal Foods, and the Modern Eating and Digesting Body

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