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


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 3:45 P.M. unless stated otherwise. 

FALL 2017

11 September

Christina Ramos, Washington University in St. Louis

Title of Talk – "Bedlam in the New World: Institutions of Madness in Colonial Mexico"

Location – HGS 211, 320 York Street  

9 October

Nukhet Varlik, Rutgers University, Newark

Title of Talk Plague, Ecology, and Empire: Re-thinking the History of the Second Pandemic"

Location - HGS 211, York Street

16 October 

Yulia Frumer, Johns Hopkins University

Title of Talk – "A New Species of Robot is Born"

Location – HGS 211, 320 York Street

30 October - 4:30 PM

Evelynn Hammonds, Harvard University 

Elias E. Manuelidis Memorial Lecture: "The 'New' Science of Race: The National Research Council's Studies of the American Negro, 1920-1940"

Location – 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Historical Library

6 November - 4:30pm


Paula Findlen, Stanford University

Title of Talk - "Mondino's Assistant: Imagining the Female Anatomist in Medieval Italy (and Beyond)"

Location – 333 Cedar Street SHM, Historical Library

13 November

Pablo Gomez, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Title of Talk – ““Risky Corporeality: Slavery and the New Quantifiable Bodies of the Early Modern Atlantic”

Location – 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Fulton Room L215


29 January - 4:30 PM


Marcos Cueto, PhD, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, in Rio de Janeiro

Title of Talk – "Lost in Translation, Brazil, Aids and Global Health, c. 1996"

Location – 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Historical Library

5 February - 3:45 PM

Eram Alam, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Program on Race, Science & Society

Title of Talk – "Documenting Difference: Standardizing Foreign Physicians"

Location – 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Fulton Room L215

19 February - 3:45 PM

Lan A. Li, PhD, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University

Title of Talk – "Pins and Needles;  The Trouble with Touch and Tactility in Mapping Peripheral Sensation.""

Location – 333 Cedar Street, SHM Fulton Room L215

5 March - 4:30 PM

Title of Talk – "Gender and Technocracy: Feminization and Transphobic Algorithmic Bias in Britain's 20th c. Computer Revolution"

Location – HGS 119 A&B, 320 York Street

26 March - 3:45 PM

Bretton Fosbrook, University of Toronto

Title of Talk – "Business Strategy Under Uncertainty: Alternatives to Planning" 

Location – HGS 211, 320 York Street

9 April - 3:45 PM

Martine Lappe, PhD, Columbia University, New York City

Title of Talk – "Beyond Mice and Mothers: Care, Early Life Adversity, and the Production of Epigenetic Knowledge" 

Location – 333 Cedar Street, SHM, Fulton Room L215

For further information:, or (203) 432-1365

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.

poster beaumont club hamlin april 2018

THE BEAUMONT MEDICAL CLUB Lecture Dates 2017-2018

22 September 2017 

Marco Ramos, MD, PhD, Candidate

Yale Program in the History of Science and Medicine

"Protest Psychiatry: Justice and Mental Health Activism in Cold War Argentina"


17 November 2017

Ernest I Kohorn, MBBCH, MChir

Yale School of Medicine, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

"How Queen Victoria came to the throne of England. The death in Childbirth of Charlotte, Princess of Wales"

23 March 2018 

Thomas Patrick Duffy, MD, 

Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Yale Hematology

"William Hunter and the Gravid Uterus"


20 April 2018  - ROSEN LECTURE

Professor Christopher Hamlin, PhD

Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

"Delirium Lost: Reflections on the Febrifugal Revolution"

18 May 2018

John N. Forrest, Jr., MD, Sc.D (Hon)

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) 

Director, Office of Student Research Yale School of Medicine

Director Emeritus, Mt Dessert Island Biological Laboratory

"John Peters: A Yale MD professor, a socialist and giant of metabolism, who advocated a single payer system for health care 80 years ago"

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.

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 3:45-5:15 on certain Mondays throughout the fall and spring semesters (see schedule). Presenters are encouraged to pre-circulate their papers or chapters when possible.

Fall 2017

September 18

Laurel Waycott “History of the Nautilus”

September 25

Workshop Digital Humanities Lab

October 2

Deborah Streahle “In Search of a ‘Good Nipple’: The Risk and Use of Lead Nipple Shields”

Sarah Pickman “Transposed Places, Mountain Faces: Local Knowledge and British Mountaineering in the Alps and Himalayas, 1821-1938”

October 23


November 27

Rene Almeling “Guynecology: Men, Medical Knowledge, and Reproduction”

December 4

Charlotte Abney "The Pocket Laboratory and the Discovery of Elements in Late Eighteenth-Century Sweden"

Gabriel Winant “ ‘Hard Times Make for Hard Arteries and Hard Livers’: 1970s Austerity and the Rise of the Care Economy.”

Spring 2018

January 22

Barbara Pohl “Labors Lost: Samuel Bard and the Diverging of Character, 1762-1821

February 12

Ivano Dal Prete “On the Edge of Eternity. Thinking of an Old Earth in Pre-modern Europe”

February 26

HSHM Town Hall

April 2

Discussion on HSHM oral exams

April 16

Haesoo Park “The Epigenetic Adventures of Conrad H. Waddington”

April 23

Hatice Nilay Erten, "Ethnography of the Unborn: Schools of Pregnancy and Turkish Reproductive Politics"

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.


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.