This might be of interest to those in the NYC area.

AAAS-CHF History Seminar, July 21: Agro-Environmental Debate over Adulteration

Dear Colleagues,

The next AAAS-CHF history seminar will take place Tuesday, July 21,4:30-6:00 pm. Dr. Benjamin Cohen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia, will discus "Agro-Environmental Practice in the Industrial Age: The Scientific and Moral Debate over Adulteration."

Dr. Cohen's research focuses on the historically changing relationships between science, technology, and the environment, with a particular focus on agrarian sites and agro-food issues. His book, Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside, will be published by Yale University Press in 2009. In this seminar, he will explore how critical responses to new foods and new agricultural practices in the later nineteenth century were shaped by a deeper moral debate about the dominant key term, "adulteration". While chemists sought to introduce better means for defining and then detecting adulterants as early as the 1820s, it was the increasing disconnect between consumers and producers of food that gave credence to concerns about the merits of new industrial products and a changing agricultural system.

The seminar is part of a series co-hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science Archives and the Chemical Heritage Foundation's Center for Contemporary History and Policy that explores social, institutional, and intellectual histories of contemporary policy problems that are interwoven with developments in science and technology. For summaries of past seminars, please see

To RSVP, contact Amy Crumpton [[log in to unmask] or 202-326-6791]. All seminars will be held in the Revelle Conference Room, 2nd floor, AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Light refreshments will be served.


Amy Crumpton
AAAS Archives

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