May 14, 2012

Off the Shelf- Episode 24: From the Molecular World with Alan Rocke


From the Molecular World

My guest today on Off the Shelf is Professor Alan Rocke. Alan is the Henry Eldridge Bourne Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor here at Case Western Reserve University. He is a historian of science, specializing in the history of the physical sciences during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly the development of the science of chemistry and its applications during the course of the nineteenth century, especially in Germany, France, and Great Britain. Alan and I discuss his latest book, entitled From the Molecular World: A Nineteenth Century Science Fantasy, a translation of a work written in the late 19th century by Hermann Kopp.

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Explore Professor Rocke's translation "From the Molecular World" here:

You can also preview "Image & Reality: Kekule, Kopp and the Scientific Imagination " here:


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November 18, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 22:CWRU Farm History with Chris Bond and Ana Locci


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The Case Western Reserve University Farm is a special place for many CWRU people, faculty, staff, alumni and students alike. It's my great privilege to welcome Dr. Ana Locci, director of the farm, and Christopher Bond, horticulturalist, to Off the Shelf. For a special place, it's a special episode. I traveled the short distance from campus to the farm to record the episode, and it's the first time I've had two authors at once. Chris and Ana recently published a photographic history of the CWRU Farm, entitled Case Western Reserve University: Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms. Drawing from a rich variety of documents and photographs from the university's archives and personal papers, the book tells the history of these properties and their bequest to and use by the university community, past and present.

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June 22, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 20: Hotel Dreams with Molly Berger


Hotel Dreams

I'm delighted to welcome Molly Berger to Off the Shelf for the 20th episode. Molly is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and instructor of history here at Case Western Reserve University. If you listen in, you'll hear Molly and me discuss her book entitled Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929 published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in the spring of 2011. Her book focuses on how luxury hotels in the 19th century have come to represent the complexities of an emerging national urban culture in America.

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April 29, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 19:Captives and Corsairs with Gillian Weiss


Captives and Corsairs

Joining me for episode 19 of Off the Shelf is Gillian Weiss, associate professor of history here at Case Western Reserve University. In this episode, Gillian and I discuss her brand new book entitled Captives and Corsairs: France and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean published by Stanford University Press in the spring of 2011.

You can read the introduction to Gillian's book at the Stanford University Press website.

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September 15, 2009

Off the Shelf- Episode 9: Dissection with James Edmonson

Dissection

I'm happy to kick off season two of Off the Shelf with my guest James Edmonson. Jim is the curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center here at Case Western Reserve University, and is also adjunct associate professor in the Department of History. Jim was co-author of the book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine: 1880-1930, with John Harley Warner of Yale University. The book came out earlier this year to great critical and popular success. You can listen in to our discussion about the book, the role of cadavers and dissection in American medical education, and more about the Dittrick's collection.

The podcast can be heard by clicking on the player below.

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I'd also like to provide a link to the opening of a new permanent exhibition space at the Dittrick Medical History Center at the Allen Memorial Library, that will feature the Center's Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception. The Center is hosting an accompanying talk and reception that is being held on Thursday, September 17th at 6 pm.


The book Dissection can also be ordered directly from the Dittrick Medical History Center using this order form.

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