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Department Events

Brown Bags

Brown Bag talks take place at Noon on Fridays. A schedule of upcoming History of Science Brown Bags can be viewed on the History Department Events web page.


September 17 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

David Rosner, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Title: “Covering the Earth: Lead Wars, The Politics of Science, and the Fate of America’s Children.”

Distinguished historian David Rosner (Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health) will give a talk drawn from his new book, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children. Rosner will discuss the controversial opinion by Maryland’s Court of Appeals that considered whether researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s prestigious Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) engaged in unethical research on 108 African-American children in the service of understanding the effects of toxic exposure to lead.

Location: Town Center (Room 1255), Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison (location map) (event flyer)

Sponsored by the Department of Medical History & Bioethics.
November 1 (Friday) at 3:00 pm

Peter Drobac, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Director, Partners in Health-Rwanda
Title: “Global Health and Human Rights: A Practitioner’s Perspective.”

Location: 8417 Sewell Social Sciences Building (event flyer)

Sponsored by Global Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and The Global Health Institute.
November 19 (Tuesday) at 4:00 pm

Sarah B. Rodriguez, PhD, Lecturer, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Title: “A ’Non-Standard Practice of Gynecology’: James Burt’s ’Love Surgery,’ Peer Review, and Changing Ideas of Consent in the 1970s.”
(Abstract) (Event Flyer)

Location: Room 140, Bardeen Medical Laboratories, 1215 Linden Drive (location map)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Medical History & Bioethics and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
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