The Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professorship

The Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professorship is offered to a senior scholar usually for a term of one year. The person may represent any one of a number of academic fields but must demonstrate a substantial interest in topics of science, technology and society.

Hixon-Riggs Visitors

  • Jennifer Tucker (history), Wesleyan University, 2009-2010
  • Zuoyue Wang (history), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2008-2009
  • Gary Marx (sociology), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007-2008
  • Suzanne Moon (history), Colorado School of Mines, 2006-2007
  • Andrea Loettgers (physics), California Institute of Technology 2005-2006
  • Sal Restivo (sociology), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2002-2003 and 2003-2004
  • Darin Barney (political science), University of Ottawa Spring 2002
  • Andrew Feenberg (philosophy), San Diego State University Fall 2001
  • Langdon Winner (political science), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Spring 2001
  • David Noble (history), York University 1997-98 and 1998-1999

Annual Conferences

  • “Science A Moving Image” (February 2010)
  • “Science and Technology in the Making of Modern China” (February 2009)
  • “Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology” (March 2008)
  • “Technology and the Colony” (February 2007)
  • “A New Form of Experiment? Exploring the Performative Potential of Models and Computer Simulations” (October 2005)
  • “Workshop on Social Studies of Social Robotics” (April 2003) by Sal Restivo
  • “Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice” (March 2002) by Andrew Feenberg and Darin Barney
  • “Social Dimensions of Engineering Design” (May 2001) by Langdon Winner and jointly sponsored with the HMC Center for Design Education, Department of Engineering
  • “Biotechnology and Beyond” (March 2000) jointly sponsored with the Claremont STS Program and the President’s Office, Pomona College
  • “Engineering/Science, Universities, and Corporations: The Roles of Conscience and/or Consent” (March 10, 1999) by Ralph Nader
  • “Digital Diploma Mills” (Spring 1998) by David Noble

Hixon-Riggs Reading Group

Each spring, the Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor leads a reading group in some area of interest. Participants are drawn from faculty and staff at all of the Claremont Colleges. Buffet dinner and books are provided by the Hixon-Riggs endowment.