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Susquehanna University’s Karol Weaver to Present Horn Lecture

Feb. 11, 2009

Selinsgrove, (Pa.)—Karol Weaver, associate professor of history at Susquehanna University, will deliver the 2008‐09 John C. Horn Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium. In a talk entitled, Bitter Booze: Miners and Medicine in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Region, Weaver will speak about self-help therapies and remedies – including alcohol, tobacco and patent medicines – used by late 19th- and early 20th-century miners to ease work-related ailments. 

Weaver has taught Pennsylvania history, U.S. history, and gender- and medicine-related history courses. She received a Thrivant Lutheran Susquehanna University Service Learning Course Development Grant in 2005 and the Winifred and Gustave Weber Fellowship in the humanities in 2004.  Her book, “Medical Revolutionaries: The Enslaved Healers of 18th Century Saint-Domingue,” was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006.

A Susquehanna faculty member since 2004, Weaver has served the university as coordinator of the history intern program, advisor of the Catholic Campus Ministry, co-coordinator of the medical humanities initiative and member of the editorial board for Susquehanna University Press. Prior to joining Susquehanna, she was an assistant professor of history and affiliated faculty member of the women’s studies program at Purdue University, a visiting assistant professor at Bloomsburg University and an instructor at Pennsylvania State University.

The John C. Horn Distinguished Service Award was established in 1979 by the university’s Board of Directors to honor the late John C. Horn, who served as board chair from 1962 to 1978, and to recognize outstanding faculty scholarship and service. The award is determined by open nominations from the faculty.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a private liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Study and service learning abroad, collaborative research among students and faculty, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones


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