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The Sciences

How Many "Two Cultures" Conferences Are There?

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyMay 4, 2009 5:54 PM

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I know there's ours, at the New York Academy of Sciences, on May 9. But now I learn that there's also something happening in the Cambridge neighborhood: See here. Their conference is entitled "Cultures in Common" and features some top people from the Harvard-MIT orbit, including Sheila Jasanoff, Laurence Tribe, Dan Schrag, Steve Shapin, and so on. "Cultures in Common" seems a provocative framing, in that I guess the argument will be focused on the existence (or finding) of common ground, rather than on continuing disconnects. Moreover, the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State, which was actually founded to bridge the "two cultures" gap (or so I understand), is having a scholarly meeting on this subject at the end of May, to which I've been invited. I'm not sure if there's a webpage yet. In short, it appears that a lot of people are awakening to the continuing relevance of Snow (including those who disagree strongly with him). The influence of the "Two Cultures" lecture has clearly been profound. Speaking of which, while we're close to selling out, I understand there are still some tickets left to the event this coming weekend in NYC, which your co-bloggers conceived of well over a year ago and centrally worked to organize. It's not too late--and swine flu ain't all that--so please register!

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