Marion Schmidt Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Marion Schmidt, Ph.D., who successfully defended her dissertation, a history of genetic deafness research in the United States during the twentieth century. Marion's thesis explores how different professions defined deafness -- as a pathology and disability, a psychological deviance, or as a socio-cultural trait -- and analyzes surrounding questions of identity, culture, and treatment. In particular, she examines the oppression and reappearance of deaf people’s perspectives and their effect on notions of cultural and reproductive autonomy.

Jeremy Greene Gives CMLA Annual Lecture April 21

Jeremy Greene will deliver the Cleveland Medical Library Association annual lecture on April 21, 2016. The lecture, "Making Old Drugs New Again: On the Uses of History in Pharmaceutical Policy," will focus on the problem of incremental innovation—in which old drugs are made available only in unaffordable new packages—as illustrated in the case of medications for diabetes (Insulin), asthma (Albuterol), and gouty arthritis (Colchicine).

Mary Fissell at Reproductive Risk Workshop March 26

Mary Fissell will provide comments at the workshop, "Histories of Reproductive Risk: Antiquity to the Present," held at Princeton University on March 25-26. This cross-disciplinary workshop brings together scholars working in the history of reproduction across different time periods and features panels on different aspects of the human efforts to explain, assess, and control the uncertainties of the reproductive process. Mary will serve as commentator for the panel, "Measuring the Female Body," on Saturday, the 26th.

Seth LeJacq Successfully Defends Thesis

Seth LeJacq has successfully defended his dissertation, "Run Afoul: Sodomy, Masculinity, and the Body in the Georgian Royal Navy." Seth's dissertation deals with the history of the homoerotic, male-male sexual contact, and formal repression of sodomy in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Royal Navy, focusing in particular on the Napoleonic period. It asks how and why different actors recognized certain activities as "sodomy" and explores the place of the homoerotic in working-class naval culture.

Alum Susan Lamb Awarded 2016 Cheiron Book Prize

Susan D. Lamb, PhD, has been awarded the 2016 Cheiron Book Prize for The Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences awards the prize biennially for an outstanding monograph in the history of the social/behavioral/human sciences. 


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