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The History of Medicine sponsors regular events throughout the year, including a biweekly Colloquium, the Holmes Workshop Series, Distinguished Annual Lectures, Beaumont Medical Club Lectures, 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 2020

Zakiyyah Iman Jackson
Zakiyyah Iman Jackson

Fall 2020 colloquia will be held online. For more information contact

September 21, 2020

Deciphering Human Science: Reading Sylvia Wynter with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, University of Southern California

This master class investigates the relationship between science and aesthetics. The focal point of our discussion will be two articles by the highly-influential Jamaican-Cuban literary critic and philosopher of the Americas, Sylvia Wynter: "Rethinking ‘Aesthetics’: Notes Towards a Deciphering Practice” and "Towards the Sociogenic Principle: Fanon, Identity, the Puzzle of Conscious Experience, and What It Is Like to be 'Black.'" I will introduce Wynter’s decipherment as an anti-formalism that challenges continuities between the culture of literary, film, and art criticism and the cult(ure) of the gene in the biological sciences and biocentrism.

October 5, 2020

Alexandre White, John Hopkins University

October 19, 2020

Cambridge style discussion on Race, Health and Violence

Sharla Fett, Occidental College

Deidre Cooper Owens, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy, University of New Brunswick

November 16, 2020

Mary Brazelton, Cambridge University

November 30, 2020 – The Manuelidis Lecture

Leslie Reagan, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Spring 2021

February 1, 2021

Sebastian Gil-Riano, University of Pennsylvania

February 22, 2021

Edward Jones-Imhotep, University of Toronto

March 29, 2021 – The Holmes Lecture

Wendy Kline, Purdue University

April 5, 2020 - McGovern Lecture

Jeremy Greene, William H. Welch Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, John Hopkins School of Medicine

Past Talks

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September 9, 2019

Professional Pursuits and the Making of Race: Medicalizing Blackness in the Atlantic World

Rana Hogarth, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Elizabeth OBrien

October 7, 2019

From Syringe to Surgery and Back Again: Baptizing the Unborn in the Catholic World, 1770-1875

Elizabeth O'Brien, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of the History of Medicine, John Hopkins University

Nancy Tomes Flyer

October 28, 2019

The John P. McGovern Lecture

The Patient as 'Watch Bird': Historical Perspectives on Patients' Roles in Health Care Quality Reform

Nancy Tomes, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of History, Stony Brook University

Michael Rodriquez-Muniz

November 18, 2019

Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Quest for Demographic Recognition

Michael Rodriquez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latina/Latino Studies, Northwestern University

Nara Milanich

December 2, 2019

Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father

Nara Milanich, PhD, Professor of History, Barnard College

Nic John Ramos

January 27, 2020

Emergent Economies, Emergent Medicine: Emergency Medical Services and the Normalization of Everyday Violence in 1980s Los Angeles

Nic John Ramos, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Drexel University

February 3, 2020

The Work of 'Loss and Damage' within Global Climate Negotiations

Naveeda Kahn, Johns Hopkins University

February 17, 2020

Reading Data as a Liberal Art: Telling Stories in and around the 1940 U.S. Census

Dan Bouk, Colgate University

February 24, 2020

Inscribed, Coded, Archived: Digitising Early Modern Medical Casebooks

Lauren Kassell, University of Cambridge