An Empire of the Mind: Science and American Foreign Relations since World War II

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December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Golden History Museum
923 10th St
Golden, CO 80401
$0 members; $10 non-members

An Empire of the Mind: Science and American Foreign Relations since World War II

Dr. Greg Whitesides

Dr. Greg Whitesides

The sciences played a critical role in American foreign policy after World War II. From atomic energy and satellites to the green revolution, scientific advances were central to American diplomacy in the early Cold War, as the United States leveraged its scientific and technical preeminence to secure alliances and markets. The growth of applied research in the 1970s, exemplified by the biotech industry, led the United States to promote global intellectual property rights. Priorities shifted with the collapse of the Soviet Union, as attention turned to information technology and environmental sciences. Today, international relations take place within a scientific and technical framework, whether in the headlines on global warming and the war on terror or in the fine print of intellectual property rights. This lecture provides the historical background necessary to understand the contemporary geopolitics of science. 

Dr. Greg Whitesides’ primary interests are the history of science, U.S. foreign policy and 20th century global history. His PhD studies emphasized the history of science, which involved archival research at the Human Genome Project, the National Institutes of Health and the National Archives (among others), and the eventual publication on the regulation of genetics and biomedicine.

After graduation, Dr. Whitesides worked for the University of Maryland and the Department of Defense in Japan and South Korea before being hired by the University of Colorado in 2004. Since then, he has taught over 20 different classes in the CU system.

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