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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Brad Bolman received honorable mentions for FHHMLS Graduate Essay Award and FHHS John C. Burnham Early Career Award

December 02, 2021

Honorable mentions from Forum for the Histry of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences Graduate Essay Award and Forum for History of Human Science John C. Burnham Early Career Award

SIFK Postdoc Ana Klimchynskaya receives the Science Fiction Research Association Support a New Scholar Grant!

December 02, 2021

Congratulations to SIFK Postdoc Ana Klimchynskaya on receiving the Science Fiction Research Association Support a New Scholar Grant! The New Scholar Program supports scholars of outstanding promise in

SIFK Faculty Eve L. Ewing and Michael Rossi Receive the 2020 and 2021 Laing Awards

November 15, 2021

SIFK Core Faculty Michael Rossi and SIFK Faculty Research Grant Recipient Eve Ewing recently received the prestigious 2020 and 2021 Laing Awards
In the Media

America Needs a New Scientific Revolution

November 05, 2021

James Evans' research on scientific progress and the "ossification" of research

Eve Ewing selected to give the faculty welcome at the inauguration of President Paul Alivisatos

October 27, 2021

Ewing is an award-winning author and sociologist of education whose work focuses on the impact of racism and social inequality in K-12 public school systems
In the Media

Dido’s Bar: The Origin Myth featuring Shadi Bartsch Zimmer

October 27, 2021

Dido's Bar podcast with guest Shadi Bartsch on Virgil's Aeneid, why it's so brilliant and how it's retained so much resonance and significance today
In the Media

SIFK Postdoc Jordan Bimm comments on Jeff Bezos’ commercial space station

October 26, 2021

Blue Origin, the private aerospace company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced plans Monday to launch a commercial space station, named Orbital Reef.
In the Media

SJ Zhang discusses “marronage” in the Caribbean in Teen Vogue article

October 15, 2021

African Americans who escaped from bondage participated in an influential, nearly lost part of American history.
In the Media

New ideas are struggling to emerge from the sea of science

October 15, 2021

A flood of scientific papers may be paradoxically preventing new ideas from advancing — and slowing the progress of science.
In the Media

You Can Buy Spaceflight History Now

October 13, 2021

Jordan Bimm comments on William Shatner, Captain Kirk, first real flight into space
In the Media

Lars Peter Hansen says central banks lack tools fight climate change

October 06, 2021

Nobel Laureate, economist and SIFK Faculty Lars Peter Hansen describes climate-focused stress tests as "a superficial attempt to address a very challenging problem"

Haun Saussy in Conversation with Grammy Award Winning Third Coast Director David Skidmore at Chicago Humanities Festival

October 05, 2021

Haun Saussy on Archetypes, a film which captures Third Coast performing the entire album in-studio

Rochona Majumdar Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures Book Salon

October 04, 2021

Join a 3CT salon Nov 1 to celebrate the publication of SIFK Faculty Rochona Majumdar’s new book, Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures: Film and History in the Postcolony