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 in the home of the Bates Center.
View the complete schedule for the spring 2020 seminar series here.
CANCELED: “Sisters of a Darker Hue”: African American Graduates of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1850-1925During its first seventy-five years (1850-1925), Philadelphia’s Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) played a significant role in the medical education of African American women physicians. This talk analyzes the lives of this first generation of black graduates from WMCP. It explores their backgrounds, medical education, careers, and obstacles as they sought a foothold in medicine during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their stories make plain that medicine has been black woman’s work.
This month, an important chapter in black history is getting some well-deserved attention—as well as a generous donation. The archives of West Philadelphia’s Mercy Douglass Hospital School of Nursing have been housed for decades at Penn Nursing’s Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.
The spring 2020 seminar series offers an exciting lineup of prominent scholars who will present new historical scholarship.
Nursing historian Patricia D’Antonio of the University of Pennsylvania discusses nurses’ role in advocating for public health reforms and social change on NPR’s The Pulse, with Maiken Scott.