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Events & Seminars

For more than 25 years, the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing has hosted and facilitated special events that have brought the history of nursing and healthcare to bear on broader scholarly questions.

Bates Center Symposia

The Bates Center has hosted several symposiums 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. The Bates Center  has also partnered with The Program in Public Health Ethics & History at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health to co-sponsor a series of interdisciplinary symposiums.

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. 


Upcoming Events:

  • Mar
    Lara Freidenfelds, PhD

    The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America

    In this Bates Center seminar, Lara Freidenfelds, PhD, will discuss the rise of our current childbearing culture from its earliest glimmers in the Revolutionary era to today. It concludes with suggestions for how we might set realistic and humane expectations for childbearing, and accept the inevitable imperfections of this most human of endeavors.