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The 2018 Robin Connor Lectureship in the History and Philosophy of Science – Dr. Anita Guerrini, Oregon State University

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Robin Connor Lectureship in the History and Philosophy of Science, presented by the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Arts

Dr. Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History, Oregon State University. Adjunct Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sept. 20, Evening Lecture – 6PM – “Giants, Fossils, and National Identity in Early Modern France,” Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre
In January 1613, a tomb containing some very large bones was discovered outside the city of Romans in the Dauphiné in France.  For the next five years, a pamphlet war raged over just whose bones these were: one side claimed they were the bones of an ancient Celtic king, Theutobochus, one of an ancient race of giants.  Others, led by Paris physician Jean Riolan, claimed that such giants did not exist and these were the bones of an elephant.  The debate over these bones touched on issues of both science and politics.  Theutobochus was both a heroic forebear of the French nation and a symbol of its decline, as humanity diminished over the centuries.
Sept. 21, Afternoon Lecture – 12PM, “William Hunter and Eighteenth-Century Anatomical Collections,” now in Room 409 Tier Building (from Room 307 Tier Building).
The London physician and man-midwife William Hunter (1718-1783) was a prodigious collector of art, antiquities, and rare books and manuscripts. In addition, he took part in a Europe-wide trade in human anatomical preparations, including skeletons, and in fossil bones. This talk looks at the collecting networks behind his anatomical collections, employing auction catalogues and other sources. Hunter was one of three great British collectors at the end of the eighteenth century – the others being his brother John (1728-1793) and Joseph Banks (1749-1820), all of them following in the footsteps of Hans Sloane (1660-1753), whose vast collections formed the basis of the British Museum.

About the Robin Connor Lectures
The Robin Connor Lectures are biannual lectures named in honour of Dr. Robin Connor, Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Science. Dr. Connor was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Science, and served in that capacity from 1970-1979. He had a special interest in the science of measurement and the interaction of scientific with theological thought.The Robin Connor Lectureship in the History and Philosophy of Science is designed to stimulate awareness in and bring together those who have an interest in interpreting science in its broadest terms.
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September 20
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Faculty of Science


University of Manitoba – Fort Garry – Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre
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