Spring 2022 Colloquium - Sarah Richardson

History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University

Title: The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects.

Abstract: Sarah Richardson will discuss her new book, The Maternal Imprint, which examines the history of scientific speculations about the long-term effects of experiences or exposures in the womb from the eugenic era to today’s epigenetics.  Through this history, Richardson traces a genealogy of biosocial science in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and examines persistent and unresolved questions about the limits of empirical science in confirming maternal-fetal effects in human populations.


Lectures begin at 3:35pm in 125 Nicholson Hall on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. As a reminder, masks are required indoors by University of Minnesota policy. 

The Program in History of Science, Technology and Medicine and the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science will host a joint lecture series during Spring 2022. At this time, all events will be in-person unless otherwise stated. Please contact hstm@umn.edu for more information. 

Start date
Friday, April 22, 2022, 3:35 p.m.
End date
Friday, April 22, 2022, 4:30 p.m.

125 Nicholson Hall.