Virtual Speaker Series - Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 7:00am - 8:00am
United States

March 2nd

David S. Jones, M.D.: Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality

A doctor of psychiatry, David Jones teaches history, medical ethics, and social medicine at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.

While teaching at MIT, Jones directed the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine from 2004 to 2008—organizing a series of conferences exploring issues of race, science, and technology.

Jones’s current research explores Cold-War medical ethics and historical decision-making across different cultures, for cardiac surgery, human subjects research, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections.

April 6th
Carolyn Roberts: "African American Contributions to Medicine in 18th-Century Colonial America"

An award-winning educator, Carolyn Roberts specializing in the History of Medicine, and she holds a joint appointment in the departments of History/History of Science and Medicine and African American Studies at Yale University.

Her research interests concern Early Modern medicine and overlapping themes of race and slavery, natural history and botany, and African indigenous knowledge in the Atlantic world—illuminating case studies to question crises of race and health in the present day.

Roberts is currently working on book project, entitled: To Heal and To Harm: Medicine, Knowledge, and Power in the Atlantic Slave Trade—a full-length study of the History of Medicine in the British slave trade.

May 4th
Steven Elliott, Ph.D.: Surviving the Winters: Housing George Washington's Army and the American Revolution

Steven Elliott is an award-winning author, lecturer and educator, holding a Ph.D. in American Military History from Temple University. Through his work as a Park Guide at Morristown National Historical Park, Elliott became interested in the problem of military shelter and its impact on the conduct of Washington’s army during the War of American Independence.

He currently teaches courses on national, local, and military history at Rutgers University-Newark. Elliott’s book, Surviving the Winters: Housing George Washington’s Army and the American Revolution (University of Oklahoma Press) is slated for publication in early 2021.

June 1st
Brendon Burns: "Researching your Revolutionary War ancestor and proving their service at Valley Forge"

Brendon Burns is a team leader and staff genealogist with the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

Burns has extensive experience as a freelance genealogist, and his expertise includes historical knowledge of the American Revolution, types of patriotic services, and identifying their military service records.

Burns’s professional work includes review of applications for prospective and current members of the DAR society.

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Guest Speaker
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Educational Events