Historian Pamela H. Smith Will Deliver Columbia’s Fall University Lecture on Science/Humanities Divide

Media Contact: Sabina Lee, 212-854-5579, sabina.lee@columbia.edu

WHAT: The University Lecture, Fall 2013, hosted by President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost John H. Coatsworth, will feature Snakes, Lizards, and Manuscripts: Humanists in the Laboratory by Pamela H. Smith. Exploring the divide between the natural sciences and the arts and humanities, the lecture will examine early modern origins of nature and how our own understanding of science, art and scholarship has evolved over time. A question and answer session will conclude the lecture, followed by a reception. Established in 1971, the University Lecture is a semiannual address given by an outstanding member of the faculty, celebrating his or her work and academic achievements.

WHO: Pamela H. Smith, a professor of History at Columbia University, teaches history of early modern Europe and the history of science. In her present research, she attempts to reconstruct the vernacular knowledge of early modern European metalworkers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including hands-on reconstruction of historical techniques. She is the author of The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire (Princeton 1994), which won the 1995 Pfizer Prize for the best book in the History of Science from the History of Science Society, and The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (Chicago 2004), which won the 2005 Leo Gershoy Prize for best book in European history from the American Historical Association.

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rotunda, Low Memorial Library, Columbia University
Broadway at West 116th Street, Manhattan; via 1 subway train to 116th Street/ Columbia University

SPONSORS: Columbia’s Office of the President and Office of the Provost

MEDIA: Media RSVP is required at sabina.lee@columbia.edu. For more event information, click here.

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