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Explorations in the Medical Humanities Lecture Series, Spring 2018

We’ve asked scholars from around the world to visit New York this Spring and participate in a lecture series at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. (The full program is listed here.) All talks begin at 6:00 pm.

February 5 –  Sari Altschuler (Northeastern), timed with the release of her book The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States (UPenn Press). Branka Arsic (Columbia English) responds and  Arden Hegele moderates.

February 26 – Ahmed Ragab (Harvard Divinity School), on “‘House for King and Slave’: Patients and Medical Practice in the Medieval Islamic Hospital.” Marwa Elshakry (Columbia History) responds and Lan Li moderates.

April 2 –  Alisha Rankin (Tufts), on “Testing the Panacea: Poison Antidotes, Alchemy, and the Problem of Proof in Early Modern Europe.” Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Columbia History) responds and Heidi Hausse moderates.

April 23 – Roger Grant (Wesleyan), on “The Musical Origins of Contemporary Affect Theory.” Benjamin Steege (Columbia Music) responds and Carmel Raz moderates.


Books, Health and History: New York Academy of Medicine

Spring 2018 Events
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd St

First Monday Tours: Join us on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) to see highlights from the collection in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room. 12 pm, meet in the Academy lobby.

Jan 24: The John K. Lattimer Lecture: “The Obesity Epidemic and Fast Food Marketing to African Americans,” 6-7:30pm

Jan 27: Bibliography Week Lecture: “The Moon, Indian Medicine, and Scientific Racism,” 6-7:30pm

Jan 31: The Origins of Public Museums: Hans Sloane’s Collections and the Creation of the British Museum, 6-7:30pm

Feb 21: Navigating Care for the Most Vulnerable, 6-7:30pm

Mar 6: The Iago Galdston Lecture: “Who Needs a Doctor?: The Challenge of National Negro Health Week to the Medical Establishment” 6-7:30pm

Mar 15: Eighth Annual History of Medicine and Public Health Night, 6-7:30pm

Apr 24: Annual Friends of the Rare Book Room Lecture: “Reading Vesalius Across the Ages,” 6-7:30pm

Jun 28: Hormones, Heroes and Hucksters, 6-7:30pm


New group: Medical Humanities at Humanities Commons

For scholars working on questions about medicine, healing, health, and illness using theories and methods from the humanities, fine and performing arts, and social sciences. All area studies (Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, etc.) are welcome.