Harvey Mudd College 2012 Hixon Forum: Engineers, Exact Scientists (Technocrats) and Political Processes: Global Perspectives
The 2012 Hixon-Riggs Forum for Responsive Science and Engineering will be held on the campus of Harvey Mudd College, March 2-3, 2012. Events are free and open to the public.
During the 1970s, social theorists led by Daniel Bell argued that because most future public issues would involve increasing technical content, engineers and other technical experts (technocrats) would play an increasing role in public decision making, for better or for worse. Subsequent events have led to a reduction of public influence by technocrats in the advanced industrialized West; but in the dynamic developing societies of China, Brazil and India, technocratic influences have greatly increased. The conference is an exploration of this global phenomena.
Events begin Friday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. with a talk by Richard Olson '62, the 2012 Hixon-Riggs Professor of Science, Technology and Society, who will discuss "Taylorism and the Global Rise of Technocratic Ideologies." Talks from additional distinguished scholars continue until 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, the conference begins at 9:00 a.m. and experts will share global perspectives until 5:30 p.m.
2012 FORUM SCHEDULE
(view poster PDF)
Friday, March 2
Historical Technocratic Trends in the
Chair and Commentator, Richard Worthington (Pomona College)
"Taylorism and the Global Rise of Technocratic Ideologies"
Elena Aronova (UC San Diego)
[read by Judy Augsburger, HMC]
"How ‘Big Science' Changed the Perception of the Role of Science in Society: Discussions on the Phenomenon of Big Science in the USA and USSR in the 1960s and 1970s"
Mark Hagerott (U.S. Naval Academy)
"Rickover, Reactors and the Rise of a Technocratic Elite in the U.S. Navy, 1955-1975"
Jason Delborne (Colorado School of
"Navigating Controversy, Seeking Objectivity:
Goals and Practices of Public Think Tanks to Provide Expertise to Policymakers "
Saturday, March 3
Green Room, Platt Campus Center
(Coffee and Danish available at 8:30 a.m.)
Containing Technocratic Trends in the
Chair and Commentator, Paul Steinberg (HMC)
Darin Barney (McGill
"Attempting the Impossible: Politics, Engineering and the Conceit of Technology"
"Technics Out of Control as a Theme in Engineering Thought"
Mark Brown (CSU
"Populism and Cosmopolitanism in the Politics
of Climate Science"
Current Attempts to Reform Technocrats
Chair and Commentator, David Drew (Claremont Graduate University)
Juan Lucena (Colorado School of
"Technocrats of Development or Ideologues of Science? Engineer's Troubling Relationship with Sustainable Development and Social Justice"
Marianne de Laet (HMC)
"Teaching Anthropology to Engineers:
How and Why?"
Amy Slaton (Drexel University)
"Meritocracy, Technocracy, Democracy: Understandings of Racial and Gender Equity in American Engineering Education"
Technocratic Trends in 20th Century China
Chair and Commentator, Rudi Volti (Pitzer College)
Richard Suttmeier (University of
"Scientists and Engineers in Chinese Politics and Policy Processes"
Zuyoue Wang (CSU Pomona)
"Chinese-American Exact Scientists as Advisors to the Chinese Government"
Sponsored by the Hixon Forum for Responsive Science and Engineering of Harvey Mudd College, and The Claremont Colleges Science, Technology, and Society Program. For more information, call 909.607.4476