The Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) at the University of York is running a number public lectures in York in the coming months. Each one will be held in the Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Heslington West Campus, starting at 6.00pm. All are welcome to attend these events, admission is free and no ticket required. Please do circulate to colleagues, students or friends you feel would be interested in attending.
16 April: York public lecture ‘Nervousness and African Therapeutics in a Colonial Situation’ with Professor Nancy Rose Hunt. In this lecture, Professor Hunt will show why it is useful for medical historians to rethink the Belgian colonial state as not only biopolitical but nervous in nature. Its medicalizing face investigated the birth rate, rolled out penicillin, and founded an infertility clinic. Its nervous face tracked the security risks posed by Congolese healers and other therapeutic rebels. See http://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/public-lectures/summer-2015/nervousness-african/ for more details.
6 May: The 2015 William Bynum Lecture– ‘The Many Births of the Test-Tube Baby’ with Dr Nick Hopwood. Born following in vitro fertilization in Oldham in 1978, Louise Brown made global news as the first ‘test-tube baby’. Yet since the 1940s various researchers had already reported having fertilized human eggs to produce embryos and even infants. The lecture will ask how they pressed these claims and how their colleagues assessed and contested them. See http://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/public-lectures/summer-2015/test-tube-baby/ for more details (please note that the date is 6th May, not 7th May as currently advertised).
4 June: Dr. Michael Bresalier will be speaking on ‘World Hunger & the Healthy Animal: the veterinary solution to the post-war food crisis’. This talk follows the mobilization of veterinary public health programmes in the 1950s and 1960s, organised by the WHO and Food and Agricultural Organization to improve the production, supply and quality of animal protein. See http://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/public-lectures/summer-2015/world-hunger/ for more details.
We look forward to seeing you in York in the coming months.
Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH)