Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2pm

The Annual Lande Family Lecture

Crimes Against Humanity? Where does the gavel fall for morality in science in Frankenstein?

presented by Fiona McDonald, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher at IUPUI

Did Victor Frankenstein commit a crime against humanity when he created his creature? This talk by Dr. McDonald presents a lively retelling of a hypothetical legal trial about morality in science and the ethics of responsibility. Each character in Frankenstein will be presented as witnesses, and audience members can act as jurors, casting their Vote at the end of the presentation. The goal of this talk is to explore how Mary Shelley presented ethics in science to her 19th century readers and how, today, her book can help us think through the same questions.

RSVP required; Register on Eventbrite here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 5pm

Spring Forensics Lecture

 The Court of Science vs. The Court of Law

presented by Dr. Stephen Nawrocki of the University of Indianapolis

Forensic scientists have been working within the medicolegal realm for well over a century, but the relationship is still rather awkward. These two dancers come from different backgrounds and are forged on blatently different

philosophies, creating tensions that emerge in some of our most salient cultural discussions. This presentation will examine this strange dance, specifically: (1) how does the ‘court of

science’ differ from the ‘court of law’?; (2) how can working within the medicolegal system compromise the fundamental tenets of the scientific method?; (3) can science really be used to illuminate events that occurred in the past, without them having been observed directly?; and (4) how does the current organization of our forensic system assist or hinder scientific goals and the concurrent allocation of justice? Examples will be drawn from the author’s 30+ years of experience working as a forensic anthropologist.

$5 suggested donation; Register at imhmuseum.eventbrite.com


Saturdays from June through September at 11am

Free Guided Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Painting for Preservation 

presented by Indiana Medical History Museum and Preserve Greater Indy.

Details to come! 

Monday, June 18 at 5:30 pm or Saturday, June 23rd at 4:30pm

More than Beautiful: a guided walk through the Medicinal Plant Garden 

Donor Event- Invitation Only

Light refreshments will be served In case of rain, a garden presentation will take place in the amphitheater. 

Attendance is limited, so Register soon !

Register for Monday, June 18th at 5:30pm here.

Register for Saturday, June 23rd at 4:30pm here.


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