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.

If you'd like to receive our weekly email announcing events, please contact Ramona Moore.

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 for members and invited guests is served in the Beaumont Room from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.



SPRING 2017


20 January 2017

Barbara Hertz, M.Ed., Curator of The Dr. Saul Hertz Archives

Dr. Saul Hertz RAI and The Origin of Nuclear Medicine…Challenges and Institutional Politics”


17 February 2017

Event Canceled


17 March 2017

Richard Meckel, Professor, American Studies, Brown University
Title TBA 


21 April 2017

Speaker & Title TBA


All meetings will be held on Friday at 5:00 P.M. in the Historical Library of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street in New Haven.  Tea will precede the meeting at 4:30 P.M. in the Beaumont Room.  Members and guests will be invited to dinner after the meeting in the Beaumont Room.


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 colloquium, workshops and lectures are scheduled for 4:30 P.M. unless stated otherwise. 

*When they are held in the Fulton Room in Sterling Hall of Medicine, there will be tea at 4:00 P.M.


SPRING 2017

6 February
Carolyn Roberts, ABD, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University 
Title of Talk – "More than Victims: Medical Terror and African Healing in the Atlantic Slave Trade"
Race, Science, & Social Justice:  A History of Science and Medicine Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of the Provost of Yale University
Location – HGS 211, 320 York Street
HOST: Deborah Streahle

13 February
Steven Palmer, University of Windsor, Department of History
Location – 333 Cedar Street, Fulton Room, SHM L215
HOST: Liana DeMarco

20 February
Laura Briggs, Professor and Chair, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Title of Talk – "Fertility, Infertility, Race: Of ARTs and Infant Mortality"
Location – 333 Cedar Street, Fulton Room, SHM, L215
HOST: Maya Sandler

6 March
McGOVERN LECTURE

Alexandra Minna Stern, Michigan University
Title of Talk - “Born this Way”: Genetics, Activism, and the “Gay Gene” in the United States"
Location – 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Historical Library
HOST: Megann Licskai

27 March
Wangui Muigai, ABD, Department of History, Princeton University
Title of Talk - "To Educate and Eliminate: Black Midwives and the Problem of Infant Mortality"
Race, Science, & Social Justice: A History of Science and Medicine Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of the Provost of Yale University
Location – HGS 211, 320 York Street
HOST: Gourav Nandi
 
10 April
Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title of Talk – "A Whiff of Danger: Hybridity, Breed, and Wildness"
Location – 333 Cedar Street, Fulton Room, SHM L215
HOST: Chelsea Link
 
24 April
Colin Webster, UC Davis
Title of Talk – "Rewriting the History of Technology in Antiquity" 
Location – HGS 211, 320 York Street
HOST: Ashanti Shih

For further information: www.yale.edu/hshm/, or (203) 432-1365

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! 

Talks are held at HGS, Room 301, 320 York Street, New Haven, CT.

FALL 2016


Friday, September 23, 1:00 PM: “Imperialism, Nationalism, Ableism: A Roundtable,” with speakers Katherrine Healey, Caroline Lieffers, and Ittai Orr

Monday, October 3, 1:00 PM: “Capacious Physiology,” a talk by Janet Lyon, Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University

Friday, October 21, 9-4 PM: Conference on Health and Employment Disparities, in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Center on Bioethics

Wednesday November 2, 5:00 PM: Guest Speaker Christina Crosby (author of A Body, Undone) (via WGSS speaker series)

Friday, November 11, 1:00 PM: Disability and medical ethics readings and discussion

Friday, December 2, 1:00 PM: Prospectus workshop with Efe Igor, PhD Student, History


SPRING 2017


Friday, January 20, 1:00 PM: Film screening and discussion, Freaks (1932)

Friday, February 17, 1:00 PM: Discussion with Charlie Davidson, post-doctoral fellow in Psychiatry, about “hearing voices” networks and mental illness diagnosis

Friday, March 10, 1:00 PM: Paper workshop with Camille Owens, PhD Student, History

Friday, April 14, 1:00 PM: Visit to Yale Center for British Art to learn about the Center’s extensive programming for people with developmental disabilities and autism

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.

Spring 2017

 

January 23, 2017

 

Naomi Rogers, PhD

“Radical Visions of American Medicine: A First Draft”

 

 

January 30, 2017

Sarah Pickman

“The Seat of Knowledge: Armchairs and Armchair Anthropology in Victorian Britain”

 

 

 

February 27, 2017

Carola Ossmer​ (visiting research scholar) ​ 

"With Photographic Dome, Research Library and Cinemanalysis: How Arnold Gesell Produced the Normal Child at Yale Psycho-Clinic"

 

 

 

March 27, 2017

Gabriela Morales, ​(Anthropology)​ 

"Gatekeeping Care: Differentiated Bodies in Bolivian Medical Practice”

 

 

 

April 3, 2017

 

Efe Igor

 

Title – TBA

 

 

 

April 17, 2017

 

Laura Kelly (visiting scholar)

"Birth Control Activism in Ireland: Feminist Agitation and the Campaign for Free Legal Contraception, c.1975-85"

 


May 1, 2017

Megann Licksai and Deborah Streahle

​“Legitimate Births: Midwifery and Medical Authority in 18th-Century France" (digital exhibition)”

 


History, Humanities, and Health (HHH) Interest Group

 

The mission of HHH is to explore the political, social, and humanistic dimensions of medicine through a historical lens. Topics include, but are not limited to race and health disparities, the history of bioethics and medical experimentation, health activism, and psychiatry and sexuality. This interdisciplinary group is open to medical students, residents, historians, and anyone interested in the history of medicine.

Readings are pre-circulated. For further information or to be added to our email list please contact Maya Sandler at maya.sandler@yale.edu; Nientara Anderson at nientara.anderson@yale.edu; Marco Ramos at marco.ramos@yale.edu or Henry Cowles at henry.cowles@yale.edu.

 

History, Health, and Humanities Working Group

 

Spring 2017 Calendar

HHH explores political, social, and humanistic dimensions of med thru historical lens. Topics include race & health disparities, the history of bioethics & medical experimentation, health activism, and psychiatry and sexuality. This interdisciplinary group is open to medical students, residents, historians, & anyone interested in the history of medicine.

All events this semester will take place in Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 209, 63 High Street, from 630pm to 8pm.

 

Thursday, February 9th

Naomi Rogers, Yale University

“Histories of Medical Student Activism: Then and Now”

Thursday, February 16th


Pat D’Antonio, University of Pennsylvania

“Lessons Learned?: Nurses and Health Demonstration Projects in New York City, 1920-1935”

 

Friday, February 24th (Medical Historical Library, 333 Cedar St.)


Samuel K. Roberts, Jr., Columbia University

“Politics, Pariahs, and Political Subjects; or How to Write ‘Recovery’ During Drug Prohibition”

Saturday, February 25th (Medical Historical Library, 333 Cedar St.)

Critical Histories & Activist Futures Conference

Full program available at https://historysciencejustice.wordpress.com/program/

 

Thursday, March 2nd

Carlos Martinez, University of California, San Francisco & University of California, Berkeley Jenna Bliss, independent filmmaker

“For the Peoples' Health: The Revolutionary Medicine of the Young Lords Party and the Lincoln Detox Program”

Wednesday, March 29th


Alejandra Golcman

Title TBD



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.


Race, Science, & Social Justice

A History of Science and Medicine (HSHM) Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost of Yale University

Historians of science and medicine have long addressed how cultures of expertise shape the ideas and practices that are central to issues of race and social justice. This new speaker series, began in April 2016 showcased emerging scholars whose work brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the politics of knowledge and healing.  

Each invited speaker will deliver a high-profile public lecture and will participate in workshops with undergraduate, graduate, and medical students focused on bringing recent campus activism into the classroom to help teach history, science, and medicine alike.  

SPRING 2017


6 February

Carolyn Roberts, ABD, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University 

Title of Talk – "More than Victims: Medical Terror and African Healing in the Atlantic Slave Trade"

Race, Science, & Social Justice; A History of Science and Medicine (HSHM) Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of the Provost of Yale University

Location – HGS 211, 320 York Street 

HOST: Deborah Streahle


27 March

Wangui Muigai, ABD, Department of History, Princeton University

Title of Talk - "To Educate and Eliminate: Black Midwives and the Problem of Infant Mortality"

Race, Science, & Social Justice; A History of Science and Medicine (HSHM) Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of the Provost of Yale University

Location – HGS 211, 320 York Street 

HOST: Gourav Nandi