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NLM Announces 2021 History Talks

January 6, 2021

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces its 2021 NLM History Talks. All talks are free, live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived by NIH VideoCasting.

2021 NLM History Talks:

  • Naa Oyo A. Kwate, PhD, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of Human Ecology, Rutgers University, will offer the 11th Annual James H. Cassedy Lecture in the History of Medicine, “Savages cry easily and are afraid of the dark”: What It Means to Talk about Race and African American health.” Kwate’s talk will take place on February 11, 2021, at 2pm ET via NIH Videocasting, co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, as part of the recently reaffirmed partnership between NLM and NEH to collaborate on research, education, and career initiatives.

  • Annmarie Adams, PhD, Professor, Department of Social Studies of Medicine (Chair) and School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, will speak on “Placing Women in Medicine: Maude Abbott and the Archaeology of Friendships.” Dr. Adams’s talk will take place on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 2pm ET via NIH Videocasting.

  • Allison Hill-Edgar, MD, MFA, Artist and Independent Scholar, New York Academy of Art, and the Fenimore Art Museum, and 2020 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow, will offer the 5th Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine, “Dissecting Gender: Reframing Anatomical History Through the Female Body.” This talk will take place on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 2pm ET via NIH Videocasting.

  • Sarah Eilers, MA, MLS, Archivist/Manager, Historical Audiovisuals, NLM History of Medicine Division, and Angela Saward, BA, MTA, Research Development Specialist (Moving Image & Sound), Research Development Team, Collections & Research, Wellcome Collection, will speak jointly on “Peril in the Air: Pollution Activism on Film.” This talk will take place on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 2pm ET via NIH Videocasting.
  • Farren Yero, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Duke University, will speak on “A Family Drama: The Sexual Politics of Smallpox Vaccination in the Spanish Empire.” This talk will take place on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 2pm ET via NIH Videocasting.

NLM History Talks promote awareness and use of NLM historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The series also supports the commitment of NLM to recognize the diversity of its collections—which span ten centuries, encompass a range of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe—and to appreciate individuals across various disciplines who value these collections and use them to advance their research, teaching, and learning.

Interviews with the speakers in this series are published in Circulating Now, the blog of the NLM History of Medicine Division. Explore  on the blog and stay informed about NLM History Talks on Twitter at #NLMHistTalk.

Complete details of all NLM History Talks are available from the NLM History of Medicine Division website at


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Last Reviewed: February 23, 2021