Welcome to the Midwest Junto


Current Meeting:

2017 Midwest Junto for the History of Science

The 60th annual meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science will be held March 24th-26th, 2017, at Indiana University (Bloomington).  It is hosted by the Indiana University Department of History & Philosophy of Science & Medicine

Schedule and Logistics:

The meeting opens with a reception on Friday evening, March 24th, and continues through noon on Sunday, March 26th.  Campus activity guides are available for those arriving earlier in the day on Friday.  See the current schedule of talks and events here.

An interactive campus map is available online here.  The opening reception will be in Ballantine Hall 004, on the bottom floor of that building, starting at 5:30 pm on Friday.  Saturday and Sunday talks will be in Woodburn Hall, Room 200.

Free parking is available in the IU parking garages all day Saturday and Sunday, and after 6 pm on Friday.  If you will be arriving earlier in the day on Friday, you may consult IU visitor parking options here, or consider parking at one of the metered spots just west of the IU campus, between campus and the downtown square area.  Non-metered neighborhood street parking around campus is restricted during the hours of 8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday, and so also available as a parking option after 5 pm Friday and over the weekend.  See the map here for those locations.

If you are arriving earlier in the day on Friday, we encourage you to explore and enjoy some of our unique resources here at IU.  Particularly enjoyable and interesting for the historian of science are the Jordan Hall Greenhouse, the recently reorganized and updated IU Paleontology Collection, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, and the rare books collections and exhibits at IU’s Lilly Library.  Unfortunately the Kinsey Institute is currently largely inaccessible due to renovations.

A guide to walking tours of the IU campus, including several places of scientific interest is available here: https://visitorcenter.indiana.edu/doc/iub_campus_walking_tour.pdf  Further information on visiting the IU campus may be obtained from the IU visitor information center.

Registration and Fees:

Registration is now open for the 2017 Midwest Junto for the History of Science, at Indiana University. 

If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to with your name and address and whether you will also go to the Saturday dinner ($25/person) to iuhpsconf@gmail.com

Registration cost is free for graduate students and is $15 for established scholars.  Payment via PayPal is preferred.  Please route your payment to the general Midwest Junto account at midwestjunto@gmail.com

(Checks can also be accepted. Contact us at iuhpsconf@gmail.com for a mailing address for check submission.)



Rooms in the reserved hotel block are no longer available, but the following two hotels still have rooms available at reasonable prices and are within walking distance of the IU campus and Midwest Junto events:

SpringHill Suites

501 North College Avenue  

Bloomington, IN 47404



Courtyard Marriott

310 S. College Avenue

Bloomington, Indiana 47403 USA



There are also a number of cheaper hotels that are available a bit further from campus (up Walnut Street and along Highway 45) and may prove convenient if you have a car.  Free parking is available in the IU campus parking garages over the weekend (starting 5 pm on Friday).

The Junto will reimburse grad students giving papers for up to half of one night’s lodging.  Money for this purpose comes from dues and donations to be collected from members at the meeting.

Local graduate student hosts also have offered places to stay.  Because of the limited number of spaces available, first priority will be given to graduate students presenting papers, followed by other graduate students attending.  If you are interested in this option, please contact us at iuhpsconf@gmail.com with details on any housing special needs or preferences.




About the Midwest Junto

Oklahoma’s Duane Roller, Wisconsin’s Robert Siegfried and Kansas’s Robert Schofield founded The Midwest Junto for the History of Science more than a half century ago to provide a professional forum for themselves, students and like-minded individuals unable to afford travel to a national professional meeting. It continues to serve as a central meeting place for persons living in the middle of the country and beyond. The organization meets annually in spring and is particularly receptive to persons without extensive experience presenting their research to national professional historical organizations. It welcomes work in the history of medicine and the history of technology as well as the history of science.

The Midwest Junto retains its founders’ vision that it should be informal and loosely organized. The time and place for the Junto’s annual meeting is rarely set more than a year in advance. The organization caters to no time period or place. Papers themselves are limited to about fifteen minutes in duration.


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