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Science, Technology, and Society Celebrates 40 Years

Vassar’s Science, Technology and Society Program (STS), one of the first undergraduate multidisciplinary majors in the nation, celebrates its 40th anniversary April 16 and 17 with a weekend of activities for alumnae/i of the program. Events will include lectures, panels, and roundtables given by STS alumnae/i and faculty members.

The keynote address will be delivered by political theorist Langdon Winner (pictured), who will explore the conflict between Internet democracy and corporate dominance in his lecture “The Open (Source) Society and Its Enemies: Internet Democracy vs. Global Corpocracy” on Saturday, April 17, at 5:00 p.m., in Wallace Auditorium, Blodgett Hall. Winner, the Thomas Phelan Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is the author of The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology(1986) and Autonomous Technology (1977). The lecture is free and open to the public.

STS was begun in 1970; it was tentatively called Man and the Human Community. Today, the multidisciplinary program engages broadly the conversation on the intersections between science, technology, and a breadth of social, political, historic, economic, and philosophic contexts which shape, and, in turn, are shaped by, science and technology. Graduates of Vassar’s STS program have gone on to careers in such diverse fields as medicine, public health, law, environmental regulation, business, and academia.

April 2010


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