Science and Subjectivity

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The Seminar on Science and Subjectivity was established in 2018 after a prior period of a few years as a class in the Hovde Seminar series at the Heyman center. The Seminar continues to follow the format that worked well in that earlier iteration: we all read a book in advance of the session; we all have something to say about it; then we all have dinner and continue the conversation.  In future sessions we plan to invite scholars who are focused on the work we are discussing to join our discussions; otherwise we plan to remain a convivial group of interested and articulate readers willing to delve deeply into the intersection of science and individual subjective experience.

Professor Robert Pollack

Professor Peter Gruenberger

Nataly Shahaf

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/12/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
The Trial (1925) by Franz Kafka

10/10/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
the periodic table (1975) by primo levi

11/07/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
A feeling for the organism: the life and work of Barbara McClintock (1983) by evelyn fox keller

12/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:00 PM
The Spirit catches you and you fall down (2012) by anne fadiman