Fall 2015 Capstone Projects

The fall 2015 HSCI Capstone was designed to introduce students to a range of documents and scholarship relating to just some of the many narratives of human evolution.  The idea of humanity’s evolutionary progress (or degeneration) has shaped our culture, our science, and our politics; ultimately, it has profoundly colored and sexed our sense of what it means to be human.  Students used historical tools of analysis to excavate aspects of the evolutionary stories that have shaped our lives.  Plays, poetry, and painting, as well as the politics of social-Darwinism and eugenics, were all fair game as students looked at the development of evolutionary biology as a contribution to sociology, anthropology, primatology and at the development, and critique, of the “selfish gene”.

William R. Burnett
Senior, Class of Fall 2015
BA, History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Capstone Project:  "Intellectualism, Evolution, and the Science of Education in Victorian England"

Micah D. Guthrie
Senior, Class of Fall 2015
BA, History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Capstone Project:  "Diaries of Different Years: Translating Peter Kropotkin’s Correspondence from his Siberian Expedition"

Brenna K. McCullough
Senior, Class of Spring 2016
BA, History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Capstone Project:  "Exploring Female’s Role in Evolution"

Jonathon R. Self
Senior, Class of Spring 2016
BA, History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Capstone Project:  "A Bibliographic Study of Charles Darwin’s Biographies"