Humanities Seminars

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Art + Tech Speaker Series

This series features conversations between artists and scholars on themes related to art, science, and technology. Participants include contemporary artists and scholars from different fields, from the humanities to science and technology, who deal with similar concepts through different means. The panels are organized to coincide with ongoing discussions in Caltech undergraduate classes and are intended to be of general interest to Caltech faculty, students, and the community at large.  The series is made possible through the support of the James Michelin Distinguished Visitors program established in 1992 to foster "creative interaction between science and the arts."

Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations (CHHC) Seminar Series

Caltech and The Huntington have partnered to bring interdisciplinary research to the humanities through the Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations. The CHHC program is organized around an ongoing series of research projects–or "modules"–that run for two years and link the two institutions through seminars, workshops, and other coordinated activities. The 2016–2018 CHHC module, titled "Violence and Order Past and Present," studies the various roles that violence has played in political and social order, as well as the possible norms and cultural attitudes that have governed its use. Read more about the CHHC program here.

Exploration: The Globe and Beyond, a William Bennett Munro Memorial Lecture Series

Started in 2014, this series brings together a diverse community of academics and nonspecialists to discuss the broad theme of exploration, from antiquity to the present day, from new lands on Earth to other planets in our solar system.

The William and Myrtle Harris Distinguished Lecture Series in Science and Civilization

The Harris lectures, which began in 1996, enable the history and philosophy of science program to bring to campus distinguished scientists, historians, philosophers, and other analysts of science to address concerns of mutual interest—especially their ethical implications—across the intellectual spectrum.

History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Seminar Series

The HPS seminars bring to campus a variety of practitioners in the broad area of the history and philosophy of science—from antiquity to the present—including the social and institutional dimensions of science, the history and philosophy of the biological sciences, neuroscience, medicine, as well as the history of exploration, the engagement with language, empirical ethics, decision making, computer science, and psychology.

Literary Dimensions Seminar Series

This series, funded by the Paul David Reynolds Study Fund, brings to campus leading figures in literary scholarship, with the goal of enhancing the already robust conversation happening in humanities departments all over the country--about the crucial role that literature and its contexts play in representing, challenging, and educating us about our world.

William Bennett Munro Memorial Lectures

The Munro lectures, established in 1974, bring scholars to HSS to share their work in a wide variety of historical studies. Recent talks have covered medieval literature, the history of consumption and waste, and the history of philosophy in quantum mechanics and mathematics.

Social Science History Seminar Series

Social science history seminars bring speakers to campus to discuss their research at the intersection of history and the social sciences. These talks focus particularly on work that examines the institutions and institutional changes that affect long-term social and economic development.