Events

The History of Medicine sponsors regular events throughout the year, including a biweekly Colloquium, the Holmes Workshop Series, Beaumont Medical Club Lectures, the Nathan Smith Club, and Conferences.

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Workshops, & Lectures

Beaumont Lectures

The Beaumont Medical Club was founded in 1920 by a group of Yale University School of Medicine physicians and faculty members including George Blumer, former dean, C.-E.A. Winslow, renowned microbiologist and public health practitioner, and M.C. Winternitz, well-know pathologist and dean of the medical school. Although the club's first meeting was held on December 14, 1920, the club adopted its official name three months later after some discussion. The founders were interested in naming the club for a distinguished physician, choosing William Beaumont, a Connecticut native and an early pioneer in physiology in this country, as an appropriate honoree. 

The club was organized to promote the study of the history of medicine and to celebrate the contributions of physicians and medical scientists in promoting the welfare of mankind. From its inception, the Beaumont Medical Club has met on six or seven Friday evenings during the academic year in the Yale Historical Library to hear presentations by members and invited speakers. The meetings have been preceded by an informal tea and have been followed by a sherry hour and dinner for members and invited guests in the Beaumont Room almost since the beginning of the Club's history. 

Today, tea is served at 4:30 P.M. in the Beaumont Room on the second floor of the Sterling Hall of Medicine above the medical library; the presentation starts at 5 P.M. in the Historical Library on the first floor; sherry and refreshments are served in the library immediately following the presentation; and dinner is served in the Beaumont Room from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

All Beamont Medical Club lectures are held in the Historical Library at 333 Cedar Street unless othewise noted.

       

Schedule for 2015-2016 will be posted early Fall 2015. 

    Thank You.

Colloquia

The Program sponsors a regular biweekly Colloquium during the fall and spring terms. Its aim is to enlarge the engagement of faculty and, especially, students with the diverse approaches and cutting-edge work of both junior and senior scholars from the United States and abroad in the history of science and medicine. The colloquium is well attended and is the site of vigorous discussion following the talks.

All colloquia, workshops and lectures are scheduled for 4:30 pm unless stated otherwise. *When they are held in the Fulton Room in Sterling Hall of Medicine, there will be tea at 4:00.

 

Fall 2015

 

21 September

Frederic L. Holmes Lecture

Title of Talk – TBA

Dr. Beth Linker, Associate Professor, Director, Health and Societies Program, Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania 

Location: 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Historical Library, YML 114

 

5 October

Title of Talk – TBA

Michael Gordin, Princeton University

Location: 320 York Street, HGS 211

 

19 October

Title of Talk - TBA

Susan Mattern, Professor, Department of History, University of Georgia

Location: 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Fulton Room L215

 

2 November

Title of Talk – TBA

Benjamin Breen, Columbia University / University of California, Santa Cruz

Location: 320 York Street, HGS 211

 

16 November

Title of Talk - TBA

Michael Rossi, Assistant Professor of the History of Medicine, University of Chicago

Location: 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Fulton Room L215

 

7 December

Title of Talk - TBA

Sadiah Qureshi, University of Birmingham

Location: 320 York Street, HGS 211



Spring 2016


Schedule TBD

Disability Studies Working Group

The Disability Studies Working Group offers a safe and welcoming space for students and faculty to discuss books and articles, read one another's papers, and exchange ideas about disability issues across all academic disciplines and in current events. Our monthly meetings center around a published reading or paper-in-progress, encouraging collegial exchange and scholarly development in this rapidly expanding field. All are welcomed! 


             

Schedule for 2015-2016 will be posted early Fall 2015. 

    Thank You.

Holmes Workshops

The Holmes Workshop Series aims to encourage scholarly discussions of ongoing research among graduate students and faculty members at Yale working on projects related to the history of science and medicine, while fostering a sense of community spirit and collegiality among members of the Program in the History of Science and Medicine. It is named after Dr. Frederic L. Holmes, former chairman of the Program.

Holmes workshops run from 4:30-6:00 on certain Mondays throughout the fall and spring semesters (see schedule). Presenters are encouraged to pre-circulate their papers or chapters when possible.

 

Schedule for 2015-2016 will be posted early Fall 2015. 

Thank you.

    

Nathan Smith Club

Nathan Smith

This club is the oldest and one of the best-kept secrets of the Yale School of Medicine. Established in 1924, the organization for medical students interested in the history of medicine was named for Dr. Nathan Smith (1762-1829), a New England physician who founded the Dartmouth Medical School before coming to New Haven to establish the medical department at Yale. The club is run by Yale medical students and meets several times a year to hear a fellow medical student present their research on some aspect of the history of medicine. These meetings are informal and typically take place at the home of a Yale medical faculty member.

Any medical student interested in the Nathan Smith Club is encouraged to contact the Section of the History of Medicine at 785-4338.


Working Group on Psychiatry and Culture in Historical Perspective

We are a group of physicians, historians, clinical psychologists, social scientists, and others who meet on a regular basis to discuss recent scholarship at the intersection of our fields. With the support of the Section of the History of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, we have been able to host a number of scholars from outside institutions for presentations of work in progress. Meetings take place from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fulton Room at 333 Cedar Street. Readings are precirculated, and RSVPs are requested in order to get an accurate count for food. For further information or to be added to our email list please contact Marco Ramos at marco.ramos@yale.edu and Henry Cowles at henry.cowles@yale.edu

 

Schedule for 2015-2016 will be posted early Fall 2015. 
Thank you.