For over 25 years, the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing has hosted and facilitated many special events that have brought the history of nursing and healthcare to bear on broader scholarly questions.
Bates Center Symposia
More recently, the Bates Center has hosted several symposias featuring leading scholars and thinkers who examined the history of nursing and healthcare, from the perspectives of the history of medicine and public health, women’s studies, ethics, and race. For example, the Bates Center brought its year long 25th anniversary celebration to a close with a day-long symposium in honor of Center co-founder Joan Lynaugh. In October, the Bates Center will co-sponsor an interdisciplinary symposium with Drexel University’s department of community health.
Bates Center Seminar Series
During the academic year, the Bates Center hosts prominent scholars from around the globe to present new historical scholarship in its seminar series. Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 4:00pm in the home of the Bates Center.
View the complete schedule for the spring 2018 seminar series here.
Jan31Barbara Bates Center seminar speaker Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD, will use the American civil war as a case study to explore the many ways that war changed the narrative of American medical history.
Feb28Bates Center Seminar speaker Wendy Kline, PhD, explores the unexpected entanglements between psychiatry, midwifery, and psychedelics in the 1970s.
The spring 2018 seminar series offers an exciting lineup of prominent scholars who will present new historical scholarship.
The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania is taking applications for the 2018 Fellowships and Research Awards.
The digitized lecture and ward notes of Mary V. Clymer, 1889 graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Training School for Nurses, illuminate the experience of 19th century student nurses.