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Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 6pm (Eastern)

2024 Lande Family Lecture

“Waging War from the Medical Tent: Surgeon George C. Harlan and the Practice of 19th-Century Racial Discourse”

presented by Jane E. Schultz, PhD

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Jane E. Schultz, PhD is Professor Emerita of English, History, and Medical Humanities at Indiana Univ.-Indianapolis and a 2023-24 Fellow of the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. She has served as board president of the Indiana Medical History Museum since 2019 and is also co-editor of the Nursing History and Humanities book series at Manchester University Press. Recent published work considers Albert Camus' masterwork, The Plague, as a 1940s omen of the nursing profession in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This lecture is related to Schultz's book-in-progress, Lead, Blood, and Ink, which examines surgical language and the rising status of medical professionals in the long 19th century.

This event will be held in-person at the Indiana Medical History Museum. Registration for the livestream is also available. Doors open to in-person attendees at 5:40pm. Advanced registration is required for in-person or virtual attendance.

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Disclaimers: 1) The views and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) in this presentation are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Indiana Medical History Museum or its affiliates. 2) The content of the presentation is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, and/or treatment. 3) The Indiana Medical History Museum is housed in a historic building, and as such, may present certain risks and/or physical restrictions. Please let us know if you require special accommodations, and we will do our best to meet your needs.

PAST EVENTS

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Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30pm (Eastern)

Spring Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

"Is This Going on My Permanent Record? How Stress Impacts the Human Skeleton" 

presented by Dr. Amandine Eriksen

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Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 2pm, (Eastern)

2023 Glenn B. Mather, MD Memorial Lecture and Annual Members Meeting

“Lessons from the Holocaust from a 2G: Personal, Professional, and Historical Reflections”

presented by Dr. Alex Kor

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 6pm (Eastern)

COVID-19 and Albert Camus's 1947 Novel The Plague, a panel discussion

Moderator: Peg Brand Weiser, Discussants: Jane Schultz and Margaret E. Gray

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 6pm

2023 George H. Rawls, MD Memorial Lecture on the History of Minorities & Medicine 

“Medical Care in Indianapolis During the Age of Jim Crow”

presented by Leon E. Bates

Sunday, August 13, 2023 at 2pm (Eastern)

The White Plague in Central Indiana, a continuing story 

presented jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the Marion County Historical Society

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1st and 3rd Saturdays June through September at 11am

FREE Guided Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden


Monday, July 10, 2023 at 6pm (Eastern)

Das Narrenhaus and the Faces of Mental Illness

presented by Russell Reed, MD

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Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 2pm (Eastern)

2023 Annual Lande Family Lecture

The Doctor’s Dilemma, author talk with Daly Walker, MD

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Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 6pm

Forensic Dentistry, an Overview

Spring Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

presented by Clay Stuckey, DDS

Due to the sensitive nature of some of the images used, this event was  not livestreamed or recorded.

Monday, May 8, 2023 at 6pm (Eastern)

"Exploring Hidden Hazards in Historic Houses & Collections"

presented jointly by Indiana Medical History Museum, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, and IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

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Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 2pm (Eastern)

2023 John E. Pless, MD Memorial Central State Circle Lecture

“Hoosier Contributions to the United States Public Health Service”

presented by Demetrius Cianci-Chapman, MPH, MSN, RN

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Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2pm (Eastern)

2022 Glenn B. Mather, MD Memorial Lecture & Annual Members Meeting

Uncovering the Silenced Stories of Institutional Life: Suffering and Death at Indiana's Central State Hospital

presented by Jeremy Wilson, PhD

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 5:30pm (Eastern)

Fall 2022 Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

Historical and Modern Anatomical Donation Practices

No recording available.

Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 6:30pm (Eastern)

2022 George H. Rawls, MD Memorial Lecture on the History of Minorities and Medicine 

A Mecca of Minds: St. Louis's Homer G. Phillips Hospital, Racial Segregation, and the  Training of Black Medical Specialties 

presented by Ezelle Sanford III, PhD, Assistant Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University with panel including IMHM's Norma Erickson, Dr. Earle U. Robinson, Jr., and Rebecca Robinson

1st and 3rd Saturdays at 11am from June through September 

FREE Guided Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 6pm (Eastern)

2022 Annual Lande Family Lecture

Author Talk with Eric A. Yancy, MD, about his new book Cottonmouth (2021)

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Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 5:30pm

The Spring Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

Citius, Altius, Fortius, Volens: The Doping Control Laboratory of the Tenth Pan American Games, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1987 

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Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 2pm

First Ladies of Psychiatry in Indiana

presented by Angela Bowen Potter

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Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2pm (EST)

The 2022 John E. Pless, MD Memorial Central State Circle Lecture

The Emotional Health of Abraham Lincoln

presented by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 6pm

Changing Direction: Adopting Trauma-informed Care in Indiana's State Hospitals 

a Spirit & Place Festival event

featuring Katrina Norris, executive director Indiana State Psychiatric Hospital Network (ISPHN); Norma Erickson and Sarah Halter of the Indiana Medical History Museum

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Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2pm

Glenn B. Mather, MD Memorial Lecture & Annual Members Meeting

“Prozac-opolis:  Locating Serotonin Research in Indianapolis, 1945-1975”

presented by Angela Bowen Potter, PhD candidate, Department of History, Purdue University

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Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2pm

Polio in Indianapolis, a timeline

presented jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the Marion County Historical Society 

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Friday, November 12, 2021 at 6pm

Changing Human Nature: Eugenics in Indiana 

a Spirit & Place Festival event

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Fall Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

Skeletal Pathology Across the Life Course in Historic Philadelphia

presented by Jared S. Beatrice, PhD

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7pm 

A PROFILE IN COURAGE, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler: The 1st Black female physician in the US (1864)

Inaugural George H. Rawls, MD Memorial Lecture on the History of Minorities and Medicine

presented by Melody T. McCloud, MD with opening remarks by former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD

This recording is temporarily unavailable.

Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 2pm

Racing & Medicine Part III

presented by Norma Erickson

Join us for Part III of the Medicine & Racing Series presented by Norma Erickson.

The recording for this program is unavailable.

Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 5pm

Bookmark Indy Launch Event at the Indiana Medical History Museum

Sunday, July 27, 2021 at 5:30pm

Gadgets & Gizmos VI

presented by Norma Erickson and Sarah Halter

Here's your chance to see historic medical artifacts that are usually hidden behind the scenes in storage. Learn the history of some of our staff members’ favorite Gadgets & Gizmos.

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1:30pm

Voices from the Past: Storyteller Series at the Johnson County Museum of History

The Spanish Flu Pandemic in Indiana

presented by Sarah Halter

at the Johnson County Museum of History. 

Listen to part of Sarah's June 8th interview with Chris Wooldridge of KORN Country 100.3 in Franklin, Indiana. Click here.

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2pm

Annual Lande Family Lecture

Medical Education and Body Snatching in Indiana

presented by Sarah Halter

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5pm

Spring Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

Old Drug, New Issues - Cannabis and OWI in the Recreational Age

presented by Michelle Glinn, PhD F-ABFT 

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Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2pm

Early Woman Physicians at Central State Hospital

presented by Sarah Halter

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Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2pm

Annual John E. Pless, MD Memorial Central State Circle Lecture

Presidential Disabilities and Indiana's Role in the Crafting the 25th Amendment

presented by historian and IMHM Education Manager, Norma Erickson, MA and retired Indianapolis attorney Gary Shaw, JD

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7pm

Getting to the Heart of It

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:30pm

Gadgets & Gizmos V

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Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 2pm

19th Century Spiritualism and Medicine

Glenn B. Mather, MD Memorial Lecture and Annual Meeting of the Membership (virtual)

presented by R. Gregory Lande, DO

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Saturday, November 14,2020 at 12:30pm

Moral Treatment and the Indiana Hospital for the Insane

presented by Sarah M. Halter

part of the Spirit & Place Festival event  "Get A Grip: Get Connected to Resources, Information, and Professional Mental Health Care"

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6pm

Virtual Book Event with Author and Librarian Megan Rosenbloom

View the recording here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5pm

In Service to Our Military: Identification of Missing Service Members from Past Conflicts

IMHM Fall Forensics Lecture presented by the Indiana Medical History Museum in partnership with the University of Indianapolis Human Identification Center (formerly U of I Archaeology & Forensics Laboratory)

THIS EVENT WAS NOT RECORDED.

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 2pm

"When Fate Overtakes a Race Driver": E. Rogers Smith, MD, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2nd Medical Officer

presented by Norma Erickson

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Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:30pm

Gadgets & Gizmos IV

presented by Norma Erickson and Sarah Halter

"The Evolution of the Medical Instrument Trade" View the recording here.

"Betwixt Myth and Modernity: Aesclepius and his daughters meet scientific medicine" View the recording here.

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 2pm

The 1918 Pandemic: Indianapolis Confronts the 1918 Spanish Influenza

presented by William McNiece, MD and Bill Beck both from the Marion County Historical Society

Watch the recording here.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Emerging Viruses and Pandemics: Lessons from HIV/AIDS

presented by William H. Schneider, Phd

Watch the recording here.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Annual Lande Family Lecture

Picturing Nightingale: How Visual Culture Assisted the Rise of Nursing Professionals

presented by Jane E. Schultz, PhD

Watch the recording here.

To see a list of other past events, click here.

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