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May 2017

Art & Science in Archaeological Illustration Exhibit and Reception

May 9, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
963 Schermerhorn Extension, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027 United States
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An exhibition and reception celebrating art and science in archaeological illustration will be held next Tuesday, May 11, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Contributors include Augusta Chapman, Lauren Conway, Kristine Dunn, Yisel Garcia, Jiayan Lu, Eileen Townsend, and Alaina Wibberly. Free and open to the public.

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Margaret Humphreys – African Americans in Civil War Medicine

May 10, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library, 701 West 168th St, Hammer Health Sciences Building
New York, 10032 United States
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You are cordially invited to attend a lecture by the distinguished historian and professor Dr. Margaret Humphreys titled “African Americans in Civil War Medicine”. Many histories have been written about medical care during the Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers has often been overlooked. The event will be held on May 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Knowledge Center of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences located at 701 West 168 Street (Fort Washington Avenue) on the Columbia University Medical Center campus.

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The Two Cultures Reading Group – C.P. Snow and Scientific Fraud

May 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The second meeting of the reading group will take place on May 11 at 4 pm in 513 Fayerweather. We will be discussing "The Affair" (1960), a novel that centers around a case of scientific fraud. Newcomers are most welcome!

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Facades and Fashions in Medical Architecture and the Texture of the Urban Landscape

May 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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This evening is an introduction to the architectural remains of medical care in the city. While many sites of New York’s medical history have been lost, especially interiors and equipment that we can no longer view except through images, New Yorkers are fortunate that our streets still present lively remnants of the past. History professor Bert Hansen will place numerous NYC sites into the main chapters of medical development for the last 200 years. The lecture invites everyone to wander the city with new eyes for medical heritage.

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Sound & Sense in Britain, 1770-1840

May 12 - May 13
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Understandings of the senses underwent a radical reimagining toward the last few decades of the eighteenth century in Britain, a shift evident in the domains of philosophy, physiology, politics, and the arts. Sound played a pivotal role in many of these engagements with post-Lockean empiricism, as vibration and sympathy became widespread metaphors for mental activity, shared sentiments, and aesthetic experiences. This interdisciplinary conference brings together musicologists, literary scholars, and historians under the framework of sound studies to consider the changing understandings…

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Samir Boumediene – A New World of Medicines: Amerindian Pharmacopoeias During the Spanish Colonization

May 12, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458 United States
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In this talk, Samir Boumediene will present a book based on his PhD dissertation published in France a few months ago. Entitled La Colonisation du Savoir, it tells the story of New World medicinal plants from 1492 until the presages of Haitian revolution in 1791. Examining botanical expedition, drug trade, religious missions and everyday life practices, Boumediene’s book shows how Europeans appropriate both American materials and indigenous knowledge during that period. His research also demonstrates how Europeans rejected some medicinal plants and, even more, how Indians or slaves protected their knowledge through secrecy, frauds, or poisoning. The various stories will be presented through the commentary of four images. The first image will help to set the stage by explaining the problem of science and colonization; the three others will focus on a specific aspect: the understanding of novelty, the control of distance, and medicinal plants as a tool of resistance.

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Walking Tour of Medical Heritage Sites: Uptown

May 13, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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Starting at the Academy, a small group will visit several sites in upper Manhattan including the Cardinal Cooke building and the former Cancer Hospital. high point will be special access to the newly restored medical history murals painted by Charles Alston and others at Harlem Hospital in the 1930s. An illustrated lecture on the architectural history of medicine in New York City taking place on May 11 is a recommended complement to this tour, but not required.

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Walking Tour of Medical Heritage Sites: Downtown

May 20, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
NYU Medical Center, 550 First Avenue
New York, NY NY United States
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Starting near NYU’s newest hospital building, the walking tour will head south to view numerous sites along a section of the historic “bedpan alley” neighborhood, including the former Lying in Hospital (now the Rutherford Building), beautifully restored New Deal murals in Bellevue hospital, a horse-drawn ambulance from the 1890s, and the German Dispensary. For the hardy, an optional extension will continue to the West Village to see NYC’s oldest surviving medical building, the Northern Dispensary. An illustrated lecture on the architectural history of medicine in New York City taking place on May 11 is a recommended complement to this tour, but not required.

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Atlas Obscura After Hours Session 1: Secrets from the Past

May 24, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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What do early modern book titles like Aristotle's Masterpiece, The Queen's Closet, and Natural Magic all have in common? These books, printed in Europe and continuing the medieval tradition of "books of secrets. In this three-part series, explore The New York Academy of Medicine's collections in the Rare Book Reading Room.

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My Data, My Self: A Century of Self-Tracking Health Technologies

May 25, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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From women using body temperature to track their fertility, to the devices used to monitor diabetes, to recent debates about genetic tests for disease risk, this talk will explore the technologies we use to ask and answer questions about our health and what we do (and don't) come to know about ourselves in the process. The discussion will be led by CHF researchers Deanna Day, Amanda L. Mahoney, and Ramya M. Rajagopalan.

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