Past Speaker Events

Past Speaker Series Events

Margaret HumphreysMargaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D. "Finding Dr. Harris: an African American Surgeon in the U.S. Civil War."
When:  Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Where: Room 102, Medical Center Library

Dr. Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Duke University.  Her talk will explore her research into finding out more about the pesonal and professional life of an African American surgeon in the U.S. Civil War with ties to North Carolina.

Edward Halperin, M.D., M.A. "A Defense of the Humanities in Medical Education."
When: Monday, March 31, 2014
Where: Room 102, Medical Center Library

Dr. Halperin will distinguish between medical humanism and the medical humanities, discuss the role of the medical humanities in medical education with particular emphasis on the role of medical history, and provide some specific examples of the value of the humanities in the education of physicians.

Dr. Halperin is Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer at New York Medical College.

Jeremy Greene, M.D., Ph.D. "The Materiality of the Brand: Form, Function, and the Pharmaceutical Trademark."
When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Where: Room 217, Perkins Library

Dr. Greene’s talk will explore the limits of patents and trademarks in the sphere of pharmaceutical intellectual property, and illuminate a century of controversy over the clinical, public health, and financial value of “look-alike drugs,” generic drugs that imitated their brand-name counterparts down to exact parameters of size, shape, and color. His historical analysis addresses thorny questions about which qualities of a brand-name drug are considered private property and whether parts of a drug other than its active ingredients (e.g., pill color) can affect its clinical function.

Dr. Greene is Associate Professor, Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for the History of Medicine. This event is sponsored by the History of Medicine Collections, the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, and the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine.

Author and Cancer Physician Siddhartha Mukherjee to Speak at Duke
When: Wed, Nov 28, 2012
Where: Page Auditorium


Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee will discuss his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer at 6pm Wed, Nov 28 in Duke University’s Page Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and will be available through the Duke Box Office starting Nov 7. Visit for more information.

Mukherjee is a leading cancer physician and researcher at Columbia University. Ten years in the writing, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer — from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago to the epic battles of modern times to cure, control and conquer it. Mukherjee examines this shape-shifting and formidable disease with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The book won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2010 by the New York Times.

Susan ReverbySusan Reverby, Ph.D. “Escaping Melodramas: Reflections on Telling the Histories of the Public Health Service’s Research in Tuskegee and Guatemala.”
When: Thurs, Nov 1, 2012
Where: Gothic Reading Room, Perkins Library

Susan M. Reverby is the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College and an historian known for her work on the history of gender and race issues, ethics and health care.  This event is co-sponsored by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, Duke University Department of History and the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and the History of Medicine. A reception will follow the lecture.

2011-2012 Speaker Series Schedule

Sept 20, 2011 - UNC
Elizabeth Dreesen, M.D.
Associate Chief of Trauma Surgery & Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery,
UNC Dept. of Surgery
Exploring the 19th Century Medical Record: Penmanship, Pictures and No ICD9 Codes
This lecture will be held from noon to 1pm. Lunch will be provided.

Oct 11, 2011 - Duke
Shauna Devine, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Managing Editor, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Duke University
Science, Disease and Experimental Medicine: Gangrene and Erysipelas during the American Civil War, 1861-1865

Nov 15, 2011 - UNC
Linda Beeber, Ph.D., R.N., C.S.
Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
WWI Nursing

Dec 6, 2011 - Duke, Medical Center Library, Room 102
Francis A. Neelon, M.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus, Duke University
Caleb Parry and the Brief Life of Parry’s Disease

Jan 17, 2012 - UNC
David Weber, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.A.
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health,
Associate Director, UNC School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. Program
Infectious Diseases in the Movies: Fact or Fiction

Feb 14, 2012 - Duke
P. Preston Reynolds, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia
The Federal Government's Efforts to Racially Integrate Hospitals under Medicare, 1963-1967

Mar 27, 2012 - UNC
Stephen Pemberton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Federated Dept. of History, New Jersey Institute of Technology / Rutgers-Newark
Two Tales of Paradoxical Progress: How Hemophilia Became Manageable in the Twentieth Century (with Special Reference to Pioneering Medicine at UNC)

Apr 10, 2012 - Duke, Medical Center Library, Room 102
Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.R.
Chief Executive Officer and Chancellor for Health Affairs
Professor of Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics, and History, New York Medical College
Provost for Biomedical Affairs Touro College and University
Slave Medicine and the Banality of Evil