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  • Women's Herstory Month: Beijing +20 an International Women’s Day Discussion

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    12:00 PM-1:30 PM

    MacAlister Hall 2019, 3250 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

    • Everyone

     

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  • Shifting Energy Culture Series

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    12:00 PM-2:00 PM

    LeBow Engineering Center, Hill Conference Room, Room 240, 31st and Market Streets, Philadelphia PA 19104

    • Everyone

     

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  • Dean's Seminar: The Economic Origins of Sudan's Many Wars

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Disque Hall, Room 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135

    • Everyone

     

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  • College of Arts and Sciences Raft Debate: A Disciplinary Battle to Save Humanity

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    4:30 PM-6:30 PM

    Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Alumni
    • Current Students
    • Faculty
    • Prospective Students
    • Public
    • Staff
    • Parents & Families

     

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  • Dean's Seminar: Statistical Modeling with Application to Neuroimaging

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Disque Hall, Room 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135

    • Everyone

     

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  • Exploring the Mysteries of the 'Marco Polo' Maps

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    12:00 PM-1:30 PM

    Disque Hall Room 109 32 South 32nd Street Drexel University Main Campus

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Alumni
    A chronicle entitled Il Milione — later known as The Travels of Marco Polo — recounts the journey in the thirteenth century of this Italian merchant and explorer from Venice to East Asia. While this text would go on to be read by and inspire notable mapmakers and explorers, including Christopher Columbus, scholars have long debated the account’s veracity. Some have argued that Polo never even reached China. A new book, The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps (University of Chicago Press, 2014) reveals new evidence concerning this historical puzzle: a very curious collection of fourteen little-known maps and related documents said to have belonged to the family of Marco Polo himself. In his discussion of his book, historian of cartography Benjamin B. Olshin will offer an analysis of some of these artifacts, as well as a look into the complex nature of the research that these materials demanded — ranging from deciphering peculiar Latin texts to studying centuries-old Chinese legends.
     
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  • Dean's Seminar: When States ‘Come Out’: Transnational Movements and Sexual Minority Rights in Europe

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Disque Hall, Room 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135

    • Public

     

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  • Dean's Seminar: Telling Environmental Justice Stories with Air Monitoring Data

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Disque Hall, Room 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135

    • Everyone

     

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  • How to Police Your Food: A Story of Controlling Homes & Bodies in the Early Age of Manufactured Food

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    2:00 PM-3:20 PM

    Curtis Hall, Room 453 3141 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    How to Police Your Food: A Story of Controlling Homes and Bodies in the Early Age of Manufactured Foods is a talk about three concerns of our day: food, knowledge, and control. The concerns are anchored in debates over environmental and public health inside a world of manufactured, industrial food. Cohen will talk about the dawn of that manufactured food system to show the basis for and consistency of such anxieties. As it were, the biggest story of agriculture and food from the mid-1800s to early 1900s is one of shifts in control from the field to the kitchen, from the farm to the city, from production to consumption. Those trends grew substantially across the 1900s, but their shape was put in place early in the century. In the midst of those massive changes, domestic economists, chemists, and grocers engaged in intense arguments over the best way to police the food of new urban households. Taste, smell, and sight had long provided ways to judge the quality and presumed purity of foods. Those were measurements of the body derived from daily experience. But just as the household body was challenged by new foods from outside sources—some domestic, some foreign—so too did officials challenge the value of evidence from individual bodies in protecting that space. This talk focuses on debates between the value of bodily knowledge and the incursion of analytical evidence during the so-called pure food crusades. Those debates highlighted a struggle between household management (what foods were brought into the house) and individual health (how to assure sustenance and nourishment). It’s all very familiar as we struggle, to this day, to manage relationships between food, bodies, and the land.

    Benjamin R. Cohen is assistant professor in the Engineering Studies and Environmental Studies Programs at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. From 2005-2011, Cohen was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society [STS] at the University of Virginia. Holding STS, history, and environmental studies together, his interests sit at the intersection of the histories of science, technology, and the environment, with particular attention to industrial agriculture from the 19th century to today.

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