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Feb 29

Better Together Event

Better Together Dialogue: Maladies of Empire

Better Together Dialogue: Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Hybrid
Zoom and Minot Conference Room (Room 506), Countway Library, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115

Register for the event (virtual or in person). 

Jim Downs is the Gilder Lehrman-National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Civil War Era Studies and History at Gettysburg College. He is the author of Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine (Harvard UP, 2021), which will be translated into Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. His other books include Sick from Freedom: African American Sickness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford UP, 2012) and Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation (Basic Books, 2016). He coedited along with Jennifer Brier and Jennifer L. Morgan, Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America. He has published essays in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vice, Slate, The Lancet, LA Times, among others. He is also the editor of Civil War History. In 2023, he was elected to both the Society for American Historians in the US and the Royal Historical Society in the UK.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP), HMS Center for Bioethics, Center for the History of Medicine, and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.