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Program Events & News


The Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine sponsors a weekly colloquium series and periodic symposia, bringing scholars from all over the world to the university.

The Program in the History of Medicine also hosts a History of Medicine Lunchtime Lecture series during the semester (September through December, January through April). Lectures are typically held on the first Monday of the month from 12:20–1:10 p.m. in 555 Diehl Hall.


Dr. Jennifer Gunn completed her term as the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in 2022. She served as the IAS director from 2014. Under Jennifer Gunn’s directorship, the IAS expanded its reach across the University’s system campuses and beyond to connect people, incubate ideas, and support significant initiatives in publicly engaged scholarship and projects across Minnesota.

Dr. Jole Shackefold published three volumes of An Introduction to the History of Chronobiology in November 2022 with the University of Pittsburgh Press. Emeritus Professor Sharon E. Kingsland of Johns Hopkins University states that Dr. Shackelford “provides an original analysis that will be an important starting point for all subsequent research on this topic.”

Dr. Wayne Soon gave a National Library of Medicine talk titled “Global Medicine in China and Taiwan: A Diasporic History,” on May 11, 2023. The NLM’s Circulating Now also published an interview on his research with Dr. Soon. He also recently published a journal article titled, “Military Medicine in East Asia: Histories of Instrumentalism, Resistance, and Agency” in the East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine: An International Journal.

Dr. Matthew Reznicek gave a keynote address at the Canadian Association of Irish Studies in June 2023 titled “Distorted in a Fever: Disease, Disorder and Social Management in Nineteenth-Century Irish Literature.”

Dr. Evan Roberts received a National Institute of Health grant in February 2023 to examine the impact on life expectancy of a policy that awarded farms and low-interest loans to people in New Zealand, but did so on the basis of a lottery because they were oversubscribed.