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Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Christmas Lecture Collection

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Science History Institute Archives. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is a Lebanese chemistry educator. Born in 1939, Shakhashiri emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1957. He received his bachelor's degree (1960) from Boston University, before going on to earn his Master of Science (1964) and Ph. D. (1968) degrees in the field of Chemistry at the University of Maryland. After accepting a postdoctoral position from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he taught at the University of Illinois for two years as a junior faculty member. In 1970, Shakhashiri joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he served as the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea until his retirement in 2021.

A prolific lecturer and educator in the field of chemistry, Shakhashiri has been a stalwart advocate of celebrating science education for all ages. He presently serves as the director of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an organization focused on promoting and encouraging science literacy through the production of lecture series such as the "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" Christmas broadcast. Shakhashiri has also published several books dedicated to scientific engagement and education.

Shakhashiri has been an active member of the National Science Foundation since joining the society in 1962 and served as its assistant director for Science and Engineering Education from 1984 to 1990. He also served as president of the American Chemical Society in 2012 after being elected President-Elect in 2011. While president of the American Chemical Society, he enacted a commission dedicated to promoting graduate level education in chemical sciences. Shakahashiri has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education (1986) from the American Chemical Society. Sources

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Christmas Lecture Collection, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Christmas Lecture Collection contains an assortment of materials concerning the "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" and "Once Upon a Springtime Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" lecture series from 1970 to 2011. Included in the collection are documents explaining the purpose and context of the Christmas lectures delivered by Shakhashiri at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 33 DVD recordings of individual lectures from 1970 to 2011, and programs for individual lectures in the series.

Selected lectures from this collection have been made available in our Digital Collections: https://digital.sciencehistory.org/collections/gcb1zm0

The Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Christmas Lecture Collection was donated to the Science History Institute by Bassam Z. Shakhashiri in November 2012.

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Science History Institute Archives
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid created and encoded into EAD by Sean Cureton.
Finding Aid Date
2023
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public. However, the disks containing the lectures for 1991, 1992, and 1998 are corrupted and archives staff have not been able to retrieve viewable video files from them. Those lectures are currently inaccessible to researchers.

Use Restrictions

The Science History Institute holds copyright to some materials in the Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Christmas Lecture Collection. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Inventory

DVD – "Best of Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2011 Lecture, 2011.
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"Communicating Science via Demonstration," an excerpt from Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, Volume 5, University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.
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"Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" Introductory Materials, 2012 August.
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"Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" Programs, 1989-2010.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1973 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1974 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1975 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1980 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1982 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1983 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1985 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1986 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1987 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1989 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1990 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1991 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1992 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1993 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1994 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1996 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1997 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1998 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1999 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2000 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2001 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2002 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2003 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2004 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2005 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2006 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2007 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2008 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2009 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 2010 Lecture, 2011.
Box 1 Folder 34
DVD – "Once Upon a Springtime Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1986 Lecture, 2011.
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DVD – "Once Upon a Springtime Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri" – 1987 Lecture, 2011.
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Science is Fun in the Lab of Shakhashiri Flyer, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, 2012.
Box 1 Folder 37

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