The graduate community at Brown University, in association with the Faculty Committee on Science & Technology Studies, is proud to host MEPHISTOS 2005, an international conference on the history, philosophy, and sociology of science, technology and medicine. MEPHISTOS began in 1981 as a regional event organized by graduate students at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. It has since grown into a widely attended annual conference hosted by universities throughout the United States and Canada. Throughout its twenty-three-year history, the motivation behind MEPHISTOS has remained the same: it is an important opportunity for graduate students to present papers, participate in discussions, and collaborate with other students in the interdisciplinary field of science studies.

MEPHISTOS 2005 will be held on March 5-6 in List 120 on Brown’s main campus, located in the heart of Providence’s historic East Side. This year’s program features papers and discussions on the following topics: media and their messages; faith in science; public health in modern America; judgment and values in 20th-century scientific thought; and science and the public. The conference program, paper abstracts, and local information are available at

This event has been generously funded by the Society for the History of Technology and the following sponsors at Brown University: the Graduate School, Humanities Center, Faculty Committee on Science and Technology Studies, Office of the President, John Nicholas Brown Center, Graduate Student Council, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Department of Philosophy, Department of Anthropology, and Department of American Civilization.

MEPHISTOS is free and open to the public; we ask that those who plan to attend the conference email the Chair of the Organizing Committee at [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> .