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.
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: “The History of Chemistry in 30 Minutes Flat”
William Brock, Lecturer Emeritus, University of Leicester, U.K., and Beckman Center Doan Fellow
- September 30: “Emil Fischer’s Dream: A ‘Synthetic-Chemical Biology’ in the Early 20th Century?”
Jeffrey Johnson, Professor of History, Villanova University, and Beckman Center Haas Fellow
- October 7: “Sciences of the Similar: A History of ‘Me-Too’ Medicines”
Jeremy Greene, Associate Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- October 14: “Medicine, Alchemy, and Natural Philosophy in the Early Lyncean Academy”
Stefano Gattei, Lecturer, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy, and Beckman Center Edelstein Fellow
- October 21: “The European Air Chemistry Network and the Construction of a ‘Global’ Climate”
Rachel Rothschild, PhD candidate, Yale University
- October 28: “Edward Darrell Smith and the Chemical Treatment of Urinary Stones”
E. A. Driggers, PhD Candidate, University of South Carolina, and Beckman Center Edelstein Fellow
- November 4: “Molecules in Biology before Molecular Biology: Imagining Molecules under Polarized Light, 1910–1939”
Daniel Liu, PhD Candidate, University of Wisconsin–Madison and Beckman Center Price Fellow
- November 11: “Population Boom: Warfare, Fertilizers, and the Chemicalization of American Agriculture”
Timothy Johnson, PhD Candidate, University of Georgia, and Beckman Center Allington Fellow
- November 18: “Predicting Risk and Hope: Forming Community Through Environmental Risk Research”
Britt Dahlberg, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, and CHF Fellow-in-Residence
- December 2: “The Optel Affair: The Curious Story of the First LCD Spinoff”
Benjamin Gross, CHF Fellow
- December 9: “Chemicals across Borders: Customs Laboratories, Law, and Fraud”
Ignacio Suay Matallana, University of Valencia, Spain, and Beckman Center Cain Fellow
For information on past BBLs, please contact email@example.com.