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Steven Shapin ’65, professor of sociology at University of California at San Diego, will speak on "The Moral Equivalence of the Scientist" on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Vollum lounge on the Reed College campus. Shapin’s lecture is funded through the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund and is free and open to the public. For more information call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Steven Shapin combines history, sociology, and philosophy in his groundbreaking work in the field of science studies. Although somewhat controversial, his investigation into the cultural and political influence on science is highly respected. He is the author of The Scientific Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 1996) and A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (University of Chicago Press, 1994), co-editor of Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge (University of Chicago Press, 1998), and co-author of Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (Princeton University Press, 1985). He has written numerous papers in the history and sociology of science and has been instrumental in creating an excellent graduate program in science studies at UCSD. His interests include the history of science in 17th- to 19th-century Britain, the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of scientific knowledge, and the sociology of work and skill in relation to scientific practice. Shapin received his M.A. and Ph.D., in history and sociology of science, from the University of Pennsylvania. He was lecturer and reader at the science studies unit of the University of Edinburgh in the 1970s and 1980s; during this time he was particularly influenced by Thomas S. Kuhn’s work on paradigm shifts in scientific knowledge. He graduated from Reed in 1965 in biology.

Elizabeth Ducey, once a Washington, D.C., staff assistant to Senator Richard Neuberger of Oregon, had a lifetime interest in socially progressive politics and social issues, as well as a long-time interest in Reed College. Ducey, who went to Smith College as a 1915 graduate of the Catlin Gabel School, lived for 25 years on a Sauvie Island farm. She was active as a conservationist and gave generous philanthropic support to many local organizations, including Reed’s art and music associates, the Portland Art Association, and the Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. In 1953, Ducey established the Ducey Lecture Fund at Reed College with the aim of promoting lectures on national and especially local and regional affairs.

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