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Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:00PM, Percy Skuy Annual Lecture

Iris E. Harvey, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Board Member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will present: “Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage: The Politics of Contraception and Sex Education” at the Dittrick Medical History Center (Allen Memorial Medical Library). Harvey’s presentation will explore the forces that have shaped policy regarding how sex education is taught in our schools. Ms. Harvey’s talk will take place in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library at 6:00PM. A Cleveland Humanities Festival event, co-sponsored by The Schubert Center for Child Studies.

Please register for this event at: Registration link


Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00PM
CONVERSATIONS! at Dittrick, “The Babes were Silent: Infant Mortality and Public Health”

Co-sponsored by the Dittrick and the CWRU Social Justice Institute, this event will be part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival. Join us for a short-lecture by Brandy Schillace, a panel discussion, and public round-table about  public health history, industrialization, housing, and the ways race and class combine to produce an ongoing crisis for our community. (Free event)

Please register for this event at: Registration link


Saturday April 7, 2018 12:00PM and 2:30PM
“A Tour Through Disease” at the Lake View Cemetery (Trolley Tour)

As part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival, the Lake View Cemetery will be offering a Trolley Tour and reception. Join Dittrick Museum’s Brandy Schillace for a “tour through disease,” an exploration of what types of illnesses and calamities befell Cleveland residents. From polio to smallpox, cholera to diphtheria, epidemics have been “plaguing” our city. Talk in Daffodil hall, followed by Trolley Tour and reception. (Discounts available to Dittrick Friends members on admission.)

Register at Lakeview Cemetery Events page, two times to choose from


Thursday, April 12, 6:00- 8:30PM
By Any Other Name: How Medical Humanities (Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanism, etc.) and Bioethics Are Reshaping Medical School Curricula in Cleveland and Beyond: A Panel Discussion

The Cleveland Medical Library Association’s 2018 Annual Lecture explores how Medical Humanities (under a variety of names) and Bioethics are being integrated into medical education nationwide, and transforming educational objectives. Following a panel discussion of medical students from CWRU’s School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, a reception will be held in the Allen Memorial Library’s 2nd floor Reading Room. Location: Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library.

This event is sponsored by the Cleveland Medical Library Association and is free and open to the public.

Please register for the event here: Registration link


Friday, April 20, 2018 7:00PM
MIXER: Forensics, Crime, and Charming Disaster @ Happy Dog Euclid Tavern (Euclid Ave)

Join us April 20th for a night of Forensics, Crime, and the the band “Charming Disaster.” Presented by Happy Dog Euclid Tavern, and co-sponsored by the Dittrick Museum, the evening begins at 7pm at HAPPY DOG Euclid Tavern with Brandy Schillace presenting on forensics and Cleveland’s riotous pre- and post-prohibition years. The night continues with music from Charming Disaster–a playfully macabre folk-noir duo inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton with the theatrical flair of the cabaret.


Bartisch_the brainThursday, June 7, 2018 5:30PM
CONVERSATIONS! at Dittrick, “Mind and Matter: the evolution of mental health treatment”
EXHIBIT: Re-imaging and imagining dementia: neuroreflections on changing consciousness

What is the mind? Where does it reside? How do we treat it? The history of mental health is one of tension, trial and error, progress and regress. The 19th century—with industrialization and technological innovations—saw new means of treatment, but also overuse of diagnoses like hysteria and neurasthenia for conditions we might today recognize as forms of depression. Hydrotherapy, electric shock treatment, and the more devastating use of lucatomes and lobotomy rightly conjure images of horror. Pharmaceutical intervention “solved” many problems but brought its own in the form of overuse, overdose, and side-effects. What happens when a depressed patient doesn’t respond to treatment? Join us for a short lecture by Brandy Schillace plus a panel and round-table with experts on brain health. Hear about the past—the present—and the future of our most precious and most mysterious resource:  the mind.

*registration to be made available in 2018

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