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Vol. 6, Issue 10

Cluster Spotlight: Making and Knowing Project

It's an announcement five years in the making: the Making and Knowing Project celebrates the publication of Secrets of Craft and Nature in Renaissance France. A Digital Critical Edition and English Translation of BnF Ms. Fr. 640.

The anonymous manuscript from 1580s Toulouse (France) includes over 900 “recipes” for colormaking, metal casting, and medical remedies—to name just a few. Created over the course of five years with the help of more than 400 students, scholars, artists, and researchers, the edition shares new insights into making and materials, from a time when artists were scientists. The Making and Knowing Project is lead by Center Founding Director Pamela Smith.

Learn more about the edition via our website and explore the open-access edition at

Featured Events:

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Projit Mukharji - Historicizing ‘Indian Systems of Knowledge’

March 4 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University

Some recent authors have argued that ‘Indian Systems of Knowledge’, such as Ayurvedic medicine, cannot be historicized. Projit Mukharji shows how ;food history actually can be deployed to subvert anti-historicist claims. Free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

The Science and Colours of Human Expression II

March 7 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Sato Sakura Gallary, New York

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The Making and Knowing Project and Sato Sakura Gallery discuss how knowledge of natural materials has been essential to artistic practice in human history. Free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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Play @ Risk: Can play help us to be more creative, innovative, and resilient?

March 24 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Italian Academy, Columbia University
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Preparing for your future is serious work. Or is it? In this discussion, part of our series exploring a “playlist for our future,” we’ll examine the issue of play as a way to build capabilities for thriving in modern society. Moderated by Center Visiting Scholar Beth Comstock. Free and open to the public. RSVP required. 
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Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Assistant Director of Co-teaching, Center for Science and Society

Review begins March 6. The postdoctoral scholar will work with faculty at the Center for Science and Society to prototype, implement, and evaluate a new cross-disciplinary co-teaching program. The postdoctoral scholar will compile a survey of such programs, then guide and advise the development of the co-teaching program into a University-wide initiative that may also include a major in science and society.

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