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Panel: What Counts as Good Evidence for Policy?

Start: Feb 4, 2013 6:15:00 PM

What counts as good evidence for policy?

Influence of Islam on Science: Lecture

Start: Feb 7, 2013 1:15:00 PM

[broken image] STS's Dr William MacLehose discusses the influence of classical Arabic science on the Western scientific tradition (link).

STS At AstroFest

Start: Feb 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Feb 9, 2013 12:00:00 AM

European AstroFest will bring together the professional and amateur astronomy communities on 8th & 9th February at London's Kensington Conference Centre. The show's 20th year will be the biggest and best yet! Why? Because not one, but two, STS academics will be giving talks. 

STS Seminar: David A Kirby

Start: Feb 18, 2013 4:15:00 PM
End: Feb 18, 2013 5:30:00 PM

Abstract: Before 1968, movie censor boards often dictated to filmmakers what scientific subjects they considered immoral or indecent for films. Examining the negotiations between censors, the entertainment industry and filmmakers reveals society's changing ideas about cinema’s and science’s role in influencing morality. In this talk I will utilize new work on the “cultural meanings of film censorship” to examine the historic censorship of evolutionary themes in American fiction films. Many early films, such as A Blind Bargain (1922), ran afoul of local and state censor boards for their inclusion of evolution and Darwinism. Evolutionary themes also fell victim to the notorious “Hays Code” that was administered from 1930-1968 by Hollywood’s official censorship organization –the Production Code Administration (PCA). This talk considers how films, including Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), Island of Lost Souls (1932) and Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942), were modified before production or edited after release to play down their evolutionary themes in accordance with the PCA’s recommendations. I will also examine how the National Legion of Decency censured films, such as I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), whose evolutionary content they considered contrary to the Catholic Church’s teachings.
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