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Tuesday, December 8th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
EXCHANGES: It’s Electric Sparking Debate about Science and Medicine: Past, Present, and Future

Join us for a short 15 minute talk by author, historian, and TEDx speaker Brandy Schillace, followed by a mini-panel about today’s FES therapy with Dr. Bob Kirsch, Executive Director of the Cleveland FES Center. The presentation will end with a public forum and round-table discussion about all things electric. Join the EXCHANGE! Register online TODAY! (Space is limited to 50 participants).

Exchanges is brought to you by: Dittrick Medical History Center, Cleveland Medical Library Association and the Global Center for Health Innovation.
This event will be held at: Global Center for Health Innovation
1 St. Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114
Registration at: http://conta.cc/1iOA9bp


Thursday, January 21st, 6:30 pm
Conversation: Edge of Disaster–Vaccines and Epidemics

Discussion Panel: W. Henry BoomMD, Professor, Vice Chair for Research, Dept. of Medicine and Director, Tuberculosis Research Unit
Where: Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, Clark Hall 206
For more information and to register go to:http://dittrickmuseumblog.com/conversations-line-up/conversations-edge-of-disaster/
For more information on future “Conversations” see http://dittrickmuseumblog.com/conversations-line-up/


Thursday, February, 11th  2016
Friends of the Dittrick Museum appreciation event

The Friends group has been around for forty-five years, and its dues and contributions have supported many of our our endeavors. We are hosting ur first-ever annual meeting to give a fuller presentation of our programming and future planning. We’ll host a reception and look forward to a mix-and-mingle with Dittrick staffers. There will be some swag on hand as well, in the form of a frame-able poster of arresting iconic images from our collection. This year we’ve chosen to reproduce two images selected by your Chief Curator, Jim Edmonson. Members will receive notification and details.


Thursday March 17, at 6:00 pm, Skuy Lecture
Elizabeth Watkins, Ph.D., will present “Reconceiving the Pill: From Revolutionary Therapeutic to Life Style Drug.”

Watkins-ElizabethWatkins’s research affirms that marketing decisions, rather than scientific innovations, have guided the development and positioning of contraceptive products in recent years. Although birth control has been pitched in the United States as an individual solution, rather than a public health strategy, the purpose of oral contraceptives was understood by manufacturers, physicians, and consumers to be the prevention of pregnancy, a basic health care need for women. Since 1990, the content of that message has changed, reflecting a shift in the drug industry’s view of the contraception business and Watkins will explore the factors that brought about this change.

Elizabeth Watkins, PhD, is Dean of the Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Affairs, and Professor of History of Health Sciences. She is an established authority on the history of birth control, and the author of On the Pill:  A Social History of Oral Contraceptives(1998) and The Estrogen Elixir: A History of Hormone Replacement Therapy in America (2010).

If you plan on attending please RSVP to, phone: 216-368-3648
E-mail: jennifer.nieves@case.edu