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2016 Hershey Lectureship in the History of Medicine

This lectureship brings a nationally or internationally recognized leader in the History of Medicine to The Penn State Hershey Medical Center for an annual public lecture, which is open to all members of the Medical Center (including medical students, faculty and staff) and the surrounding community.

Medical Lessons from Civil war Battlefields:Medical Lessons from Civil War Battlefields: The U.S. Army’s Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion

April 22, 2016 • 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. • Room 2860
2nd floor Biomedical Research Building

Carol Reardon, Ph.D.
Renowned Penn State historian and University Laureate for 2015-2016, will talk about the Medical Department’s efforts to turn the Civil War into an extended clinical practicum. The US Army’s Medical Museum started during the Civil War with a call for surgeons to write up their most interesting cases and send in any physical evidence that might illustrate them. Initial efforts gathered little attention, so a second call went out right before Gettysburg, and many cases from that battle were written up. This talk examines the US Army’s medical and surgical history during this fascinating and formative era.

2016 History of Medicine Lectureship

The Psychpathology of Comics Reading: The Troubled Legacy of Fredric Wertham’s Public Health Campaign

May 6th, 2016  •  12 noon  •  Room 2860

Psychiatrist Fredric Wertham devoted much of his practice in the 1940s and 1950s to the diagnosis and treatment of young people identified as juvenile delinquents. Wertham found that reading comics was a pastime uniting virtually all of his young patients. This discovery of the comics industry led Wertham to advocate for limitations on the sale of comics to children. Dr. Tilley will explore Dr. Wertham’s manipulation of the evidence of comics reading.

Carol L. Tilley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Kienle Cultural Series
Concert programs featuring guest soloists and Penn State Hershey Medical Center talent. ¿Facilitator: Keith Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.

Humanities First Fridays Lecture Series

Students Interested in Integrative Medicine Lecture Series

World Culture Club  Facilitator: Gaylen Bradley, Ph.D.

Annual Global Health Night Festivities

Kienle Center Players Medical Center talent shared through readers’ theatre and staged performances of plays.   Facilitator: J.O. Ballard, M.D.

Time To Go Three plays on Death and Dying, with Commentary on End-of-Life Issues. Edited by Anne Hunsaker Hawkins, PhD and James O. Ballard, MD  (This book can be purchased through University of Pennsylvania Press ISBN 0-8122 1519-2)

Hershey Area Playhouse co-sponsored annual medical-themed productions. Recent productions include: Full Moon Over Montmartre and Wit

The Doctors Kienle Lectureship
Presentations by national leaders in humane medicine.

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