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Scientific Americans: The Art of Science in the New Nation

History / Heritage - Class/Workshop

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6:00 PM-9:00 PM

American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
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Guest Scholar: Gregory Nobles

As much as we talk about citizen science today, the notion has been around since the founding of the nation. In the century following the American Revolution, long before scientist became a profession pursued by people in academic and corporate laboratories, science seemed to be almost everywhere in American society, and almost everyonegentlemen of science but ordinary people as wellcould take part in scientific inquiry. This workshop seeks to recapture the spirit of that time when science seemed accessible in so many ways. By looking creatively at the wide range of visual resources available at the American Antiquarian Societyscientific texts and images, of course, but illustrated newspapers and magazines, cookbooks, seed catalogs, childrens books, prints, and ephemeraworkshops participants will develop a fresh understanding of the many ways Americans encountered science in their everyday lives and, by doing so, may become better aware of our own engagement with science in the current day.

Gregory Nobles, professor of history emeritus at Georgia Tech, is the 2016-2017 Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence at AAS. A member of AAS since 1995, he has served the Society in a variety of roles, delivering the Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book (2003) and leading the American Studies Seminar (1998) and the CHAViC Summer Seminar (2014). His new book, John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman, will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in March, 2017.

*Participants must register in advance through the AAS website. Registration includes materials and a light dinner.

Cost: $30

Woo Pass: 3 points

Suggested Audiences:Elders, Adult, College

Website: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/hands-history-workshop-scientific-americans-art-science-new-nation

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