Presentations in the Cultures and Knowledge Workshop Series range across historical and disciplinary boundaries, and provide a major component of SIFK's inquiry into the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day. SIFK faculty, postdocs, fellows and guests present research-in-progress for real-time feedback from a broadly cross-disciplinary community of scholars. Presentations take the form of a 45-minute presentation followed by a lively 25 minute discussion, and are open to all members of the University of Chicago community.

Noon-1:20 PM via Zoom

Please see the events calendar to register. 

Monday, November 1

Of Types and Trees: Evolutionary Thought, Ancient DNA and Research on the Human Past

Hannah Moots 

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Monday, November 15

The Dog Years: A History of Beagle Science

Brad Bolman

Recording Coming Soon


Monday, November 29

Fact Culture: Polling and the Politics of Objectivity

Tal Arbel

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In the Media

SIFK Faculty, Prof. Michael Greenstone calls air pollution ‘the greatest external threat to human health on the planet’

September 02, 2021

Air pollution is slashing years off the lives of billions, report finds
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Eve Ewing Adds a Dash of Black Girl Magic to STEM-Based Learning

August 02, 2021

“Maya and the Robot,” a delightful tale by SIFK Fellow Eve L. Ewing, champions young people’s interest in technology and the world of science fairs.

Our Summer Reading List

July 27, 2021

We asked the SIFK family for some of their favorite books ranging from nonfiction to fantasy, and we compiled a list of intellectually stimulating books to spice up your summer!
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Stuart McManus Receives the David Berry Prize for Journal Article on Scottish History

July 27, 2021

"Scots at the Council of Ferrara-Florence and the Background to the Scottish Renaissance" offers the first study of the Scottish presence at the Council of Ferrara-Florence. Congratulations, Stuart!

Former Fellow Stuart McManus’s New Book, Empire of Eloquence

July 27, 2021

On the global history of renaissance humanism (based on primary research in 13 countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia)
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Delta Is Casting a Dark Shadow Over the Recovery

July 22, 2021

SIFK Faculty Michael Greenstone's early estimates of the economic impact from reducing Covid-19 deaths
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The Battles to Come Over the Benefits of Working From Home

July 22, 2021

In an op-ed Booth Professor and Meeting of the Mind's Austan Goolsbee discusses the 'return to office' and remote work as an employee benefit.
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Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket: ‘Best day ever!’

July 21, 2021

SIFK Postdoctoral Fellow Jordan Bimm comments on the remarkable passenger makeup and the history of space travel.

How Jeff Bezos’ Space Launch Today Will Change Aerospace History

July 21, 2021

With millions watching the meticulously stage-managed suborbital spaceflights by Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, it’s tempting to conjure the image of a new space race between rival companies.
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Jeff Bezos reaches space—a small step toward big spaceflight dreams

July 20, 2021

“Space isn’t this transformative place...It’s a place where all of our problems on Earth are going to be reproduced or amplified, and we need to see that. We can’t just wear these rose-colored glasses
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A professor and artist transform former synagogue into community space

July 20, 2021

Dr. Tom Ginsburg of the University of Chicago School of Law and SIFK Faculty is rehabilitating and restoring a 98-year-old building to create an art space
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Antisocial Dentistry

July 20, 2021

Our inability to easily access dental care is a consequence of this history, together with the struggle to define knowledge of the mouth as a specialized area of medical expertise.
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SIFK Faculty and Historian Ada Palmer explains the revival of Stoicism in Vice article

July 10, 2021

Much like a kitchen knife can be a brilliant tool but can also be used for harm, similarly Stoicism can be a brilliant tool, but can also do harm when it's used to justify Providentialist thinking...
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SIFK Faculty and Sociologist Eve Ewing Helps Us Envision a Better World

July 09, 2021

Listen to Eve talk about critical race theory, comic books, and the power of public schools on NYT's Ezra Klein Show!