Mixers and Conversations: New Year of Events to kick off!

BBBIt’s almost September, and the Dittrick has launched our latest series of events–with a brand new kind of get-together: Museum Mixers!

Do you love CONVERSATIONS? Those mad-cap history talks and round-tables have been a great hit (see last year’s line up and videos). Well, this year’s line up has a few themes. It’s an election year, right? First on the list is Presidents and Pr-antiseptic Medicine–learn how President Garfield’s death influenced the practice of germ theory. (Hint: the bullet didn’t kill him!) The full list of these events are listed below, four in all! See the line-up! [Register]

BUT! If you can’t get enough Dittrick (and really, who doesn’t want more pre-21st century med/sci/tech?) join us for a brand new type of event: Museum Mixers–a happy-hour-like experience for casual interactions with history… and historical figures. The first will be a joint event between Dittrick and the Botanical Garden’s Hoppy Hour. Come at 5:30 for the beer, stay till 7:00 to meet John George Spenzer, 19th century Forensic specialist as he talks about Beer, Botanicals, and Bathtub Gin! There will be four mixers over the course of our next fall and spring calendar. And best of all, museum members get into all mixers FREE! Not a member? There’s an app for that! [Register]

And of course, we present our annual lectures, too–fabulous events and brilliant speakers. Join us in November for Susan Lederer’s talk about blowing the whistle on patient experimentation: Bombshells and Bioethics: Henry K. Beecher’s Ethics and Clinical Research. Spring lectures include Jessica Hill on law and contraception, and Lisa Rosner on “gaming,” smallpox, and the hunt for traveling germs! Learn more on the Dittrick main site!


Thursday, Sept 15th, 6:00 PM

“Presidents, Public Health, and Pre-antiseptic Medicine: Garfield’s death and its effect on antiseptic rhetoric in the public.”
Discussion Partners: Eric Rivet Western Reserve Historical Society Curator of Collections and Exhibits and Scott Frank, MD, MS, Director, Master of Public Health Program, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Director, Shaker Heights Health Department
Where: Dittrick Museum/Allen Library, Powell Reading Room (corner of Euclid and Adelbert Rd, 3rd floor Allen Memorial Medical Library)
*Join us after at Happy Dog

Thursday, Nov 17th, 7:00 PM
Industrial Damages: Lead Poisoning’s Long Legacy and Industry’s Role in Decay (lecture free with museum admission)”
Discussion Partners: Curators from the  MOCA and Scott Frank, MD, MS, Director, Master of Public Health Program, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Director, Shaker Heights Health Department
Exhibition: “
Anders Ruhwald: Unit 1: 3583 Dubois”—Detroit, destruction, and the loss of place and history
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art *Join us after at Happy Dog

—Spring 2017—

February 9th 2017, 6:00PM
“Love Hurts: h
istorical bodies, gender, clothing, and health (representations of the body through medicine and fashion)”
Discussion Panel: Patty Edmonson,  Museum Advisory Council Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Western Reserve Historical Society; Jennifer Nieves, Archivist and Registrar, Dittrick Medical History Museum; Henry Ng, Associate Editor, LGBT Health, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Clinical Director, PRIDE Clinic
Exhibition: Willingness to Bear Suffering: the adverse effects of tight lacing. Dittrick Museum Castele Gallery
Powell Reading Room, Allen Library

Wednesday , June 21, 2017–6:30 PM
Herbal Powers! The History of Kitchen Medicine” (and a tasting of herbal delights!)
Discussion Partner: Cleveland Botanical Gardens Herb Society and Erika Olbricht, PhD, Instructor of English, CWRU
Botanical Gardens, Clark Room


MIXER! October 26, 2016 “Beer, Botanicals, and Bathtub Gin” Join us for a joint event with the Botanical Gardens’ Hoppy Hour! Meet John George Spenzer, a forensic toxicologist of the Prohibition Era, as he mingles with the crowd. 11$ admission, free for Dittrick Friends (members).

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE! Saturday, December 10th, 10:00-2:00PM Join us at the museum for cookies, holiday cheer!

—Spring 2017—

MIXER! January 11, 2017 “Mystery Concoctions: Forensics and Cocktails” Come to the museum and library for a winter warming event–a sort of fire-side chat about the advent Cleveland’s own Sherlock, forensic science and toxicology in our fine city… while tasting of vintage cocktails! 21 and over only, 11$ admission, free for Dittrick Friends (members).

MIXER! August 24th, 2017 “Sunset in the Cemetery” Join us for an evening tour of Lake View Cemetery and learn about the final resting place of many a medical man (plus President Garfield, who brought germ theory to light in the most tragic way possible). Keep an eye on the Dittrick website as the date draws near! 11$ admission, free for Dittrick Friends (members). *Join us after at Happy Dog


Thursday, Nov 11th, 6:30PM
Zverina Lecture and Reception: Susan Lederer, Robert Turell Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics Professor of History of Science, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin SOM. *Reception to follow.

 —Spring 2017—

Thursday, March 9th, 6:00PM
Annual Percy Skuy Lecture and Reception (on the history of contraception): Jessica Hill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law. *Reception to follow.

 Thursday, March 30th, 6:00PM
Baker Nord Cleveland Humanities Festival: Title “Lady Mary’s Legacy: Vaccine Advocacy from The Turkish Embassy Letters to Video Games” by Lisa Rosner, Professor of History at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

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Brandy Schillace

Historian and author Brandy Schillace, PhD, is Editor for Medhum Fiction | Daily Dose, Research Associate and Public Engagement at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, as well as Managing Editor of the medical anthropology journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry.

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