Brown Bag Science in the American Style, 1690-1820: Texts, Objects, and Ideas in Popular Practice 1 February 2012.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Robyn McMillin, University of Oklahoma

This project argues that the study of early American science needs to move beyond the long shadow of Benjamin Franklin and his kite. McMillin therefore investigates a much more diverse cast of characters and range of scientific activities, demonstrating that engagement with scientific ideas and practices extended deep into American life. This gives us a rich understanding of what science was, who practiced it, the many ways it circulated, and its power, first in connecting a broad public to British mores and later, by contributing to the creation of a separate identity as U.S. citizens.