[act-ma] 5/04 Science for the People at Harvard Book Store

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Thu May 3 14:31:39 PDT 2018

Harvard Book Store welcomes UMass Amherst history professor SIGRID 
SCHMALZER, UMass Amherst history lecturer DANIEL S. CHARD, and Harvard 
MD/Ph.D. candidate ALYSSA BOTELHO for a discussion of their co-edited 
book, /Science for the People: Documents from America's Movement of 
Radical Scientists/.

Friday May 4, 2018 3:00 to 4:15 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Directions on website below

      About /Science for the People/

For the first time, this book compiles original documents from Science 
for the People, the most important radical science movement in U.S. 
history. Between 1969 and 1989, Science for the People mobilized 
American scientists, teachers, and students to practice a socially and 
economically just science, rather than one that served militarism and 
corporate profits. Through research, writing, protest, and organizing, 
members sought to demystify scientific knowledge and embolden "the 
people" to take science and technology into their own hands. The 
movement's numerous publications were crucial to the formation of 
science and technology studies, challenging mainstream understandings of 
science as "neutral" and instead showing it as inherently political. Its 
members, some at prominent universities, became models for politically 
engaged science and scholarship by using their knowledge to challenge, 
rather than uphold, the social, political, and economic status quo.

Highlighting Science for the People's activism and intellectual 
interventions in a range of areas―including militarism, race, gender, 
medicine, agriculture, energy, and global affairs―this volume offers 
vital contributions to today's debates on science, justice, democracy, 
sustainability, and political power.


"This volume is long overdue. Its value is to illuminate the critical 
role of Science for the People in generating scholarly understandings of 
how science and technology are shaped by power relations, and to 
illuminate the ways in which these relationships might be drawn upon to 
produce a more just society. It will be a very important contribution to 
the history of science, and to science and technology studies." ―Kelly 
Moore, author of /Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American 
Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945–1975/



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