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Previous semesters' colloquia

2014 - 2015 Colloquium Series

All talks are on Friday from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in Ballantine Hall 003, unless otherwise noted.

Calendar [click date for details]

Feb 6Meridith Beck Sayre"From New France to Bloomington, Indiana: Transforming Spiritual Parables into Scientific Data”
Feb 27Michael WeisbergTBA
Mar 6Ann PyburnArchaeology and Science
Mar 27Dana TulodzieckiTBA
Apr 10Thomas RyckmanTBA
Apr 17James BeverTBA

Feb 6          

Meridith Beck Sayre

Indiana University, Visting Scholar, History and Philosophy of Science

Title: "From New France to Bloomington, Indiana: Transforming Spiritual Parables into Scientific Data”

Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss the claims made in my doctoral dissertation—entitled “The Process of Conversion: A Biography of the Jesuit Relations”—in which I examined the dynamic life of a book series, known as the Jesuit Relations. Written by Jesuit missionaries stationed in New France during the 17th century, these texts provided their predominately French-Catholic audience with carefully crafted news about the North American colony and spiritual lessons from an ostensibly uncivilized land. Modern scholars, however, tend to approach these early-modern texts as a rich storehouse of information on First Peoples and the colonial encounter. In addition to fleshing out how this radical transformation in interpretation took place, my talk will lay the foundations for a much larger argument about the forgotten contribution of experts in book-related disciplines to the 20th-century social sciences.

Feb 27          

Michael Weisberg

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Philosophy

Title: TBA


Mar 6          

Ann Pyburn

Indiana University, Department of Anthropology

Title: Archaeology and Science


Mar 27          

Dana Tulodziecki

Title: TBA


Apr 10                   Coffa Lecture

Thomas Ryckman

Stanford University, Department of Philosophy

Title: TBA


Apr 17          

James Bever

Indiana University, Biology Department

Title: TBA