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Teachers as Scholars Summer Seminar

Technology and the Human Experience

Professor Michael S. Mahoney
Department of History and Program in History of Science

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Schedule and Readings

The readings will be found in the packet distributed before the start of the seminar. As an overview of the subject, and a resource for pursuing it in the classroom, I recommend Ruth Schwartz Cowan's A Social History of American Technology (Oxford U.P., 1997)

Reading a Machine
Michael S. Mahoney, "Reading a Machine"

Reading a Machine: Projects by and for Teachers prepared by members of my 1984 and 1985 NEH Summer Seminars for Secondary School Teachers on "Technology and the Human Experience" (take a look for an idea of the sort of project you might undertake yourself for the seminar)

Projects from TAS Summer Seminar 2005

Power Machinery Anthony F.C. Wallace, Rockdale: The Growth of an American Village in the early Industrial Revolution, Chap. IV, "The Machines, Their Operatives, and the Fabrics" [in packet]

Slides on power machinery
The Factory System
Thomas Dublin, Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860, Chaps. 2-5 [in packet]

E.P. Thompson, "Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism", Past and Present 38(1960), 56-97 [JSTOR]

Slides on the factory and on the factory system
Ford's Model T
Henry Ford, "Mass Production", Encyclopedia Britannica, 13th ed. (1926) [in packet] (Picture tour of the Assembly Line)

Lindy Biggs, "The Engineered Factory", Technology and Culture 36,2 (1995), Supplement, S174-S188 [JSTOR]
Mass Production and Mass Consumption
Robert S. and Helen M. Lynd, Middletown, Chaps. 4-8, 13-14, 17-19, 27-29

Slides on Taylorism

Enjoy the Weekend!
The Computer
Campbell-Kelly/Aspray, first half

Michael S. Mahoney, "The Histories of Computing(s)", Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 30,2(June, 2005) [pdf]

Slides on computer

The Information Society Aspray/Campbell-Kelly, second half

Michael S. Mahoney, "Boys' Toys and Women's Work: Feminism Engages Software", in Angela N.H. Creager, et al. (eds.), Feminism in Twentieth Century Science, Technology and  Medicine (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001), Chap. 9

Slides on computing
Field Trip to the National Museum of American History
The Political Ecology of the Artificial Environment
Langdon Winner, "Do Artifacts Have Politics?", Daedalus (Winter 1980), 121-36
Michael S. Mahoney, "Technology and the Democratic Ideal:  The Search for a Middle Landscape" ( web document)
Presentation of Projects and Final Thoughts
Link to Projects