Past MHI Events

MHI Events, 2005-2013


Sept. 20, Mindy Lewis
Forget Me Not: Does Moving Forward Mean Forgetting?

Oct. 2, Joseph Epler and James Schwartz
The History of Undertaking

Feb. 27, Karen Gilmer
Black Venus: The Black Body Onstage


Sept. 12, Sara Kern
An Epidemic of Public Ignorance: Yellow Fever and the Effects of Public Opinion on the National Board of Health

Oct. 28, Nicole Defenbaugh
The Body’s Tale: Understanding IBD through Performance and Personal Narrative

Jan. 27, Jennifer McCormick
Art as Applied to Medicine: From Medical Demonstrative Evidence to Xray Vision

April 30, Karol K. Weaver
Medical Caregiving and Identity in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, 1880-2000


Pennsylvania Historical Association meeting

The Medical Humanities Initiative co-sponsored the 79th annual meeting of the PHA on the campus of Susquehanna University. In particular, presentations on the preservation of Pennhurst (originally the Eastern State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic) and the structure of eighteenth-century health care in Pennsylvania highlighted the MHI's focus on thinking broadly about the practice of medicine.


David Sowell (Juniata College), Medicine on the Periphery: Public Health and the Biomedicalization of Yucatan, Mexico, November 2009

Alexander Levy (Pittsburgh-based psychiatrist), The Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping with Grief and Change After the Death of our Parents, April 2010


Jesse Ballenger (Penn State University) on the cultural history of Alzheimer's Disease in the United States, March 2009

David Kreibel on powwowing among Pennsylvania Germans, April 2009


Barbra Mann Wall (University of Pennsylvania), “Disaster Narratives in Early Twentieth-Century Texas,” March 2008

Hope Mohr (Stanford University) and Douglas Rosenberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Under the Skin dance workshop, April 2008


Jeff Whitman (Susquehanna), “What Price Hope? The Appeal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” October 2006

Rachana Sachdev (Susquehanna), “Macbeth and Menstruation,” November 2006

Margaret Puskar-Pacewicz (College Misericordia) on the history of vegetarianism, February 2007

Jeanette Keith (Bloomsburg University) on yellow fever in nineteenth-century Memphis, March 2007

Nina Berman (NYC-based documentary photographer) on April 2007


Coleen Zoller (Susquehanna), “Holistic Medicine and Soul-Body Dualism in Plato,” September 2005

Ed Slavishak (Susquehanna), “Back to Work: Artificial Limbs and Industry,” October 2005

Shari Jacobson (Susquehanna), “Food For Thought: Piety, Personhood and Kosher Consumption in Buenos Aires,” February 2006

Mike Smith (Susquehanna) , “How Much is it Worth? The Sexual Self and Disease among Male Escorts,” March 2006

Joan Jacobs Brumberg (Cornell University) on the cultural history of anorexia nervosa, April 2006

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