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2017-2018 Events Calendar

The Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum invites you to join us for events throughout the year. The museum hosts book launches, speakers, two annual lectures, and our “Conversations” series, which explores topics relevant to medicine then–and now. Most of our events are free to the public, but we also provide “mixer” events, informal gatherings and tours in collaboration with other area institutions (discounted admission for members).

Wednesday, June 21, 6:30pm Co-hosted event at  Cleveland Botanical Garden, Clark Room
“Herbal Powers! The History of Kitchen Medicine”

Senior Research Associate Brandy Schillace will talk about herbs and herbal tonics used as medicine. How did our ancestor’s deal with daily aches and pains, the common cold, or even more serious ailments? In what way do we still use plants and herbs today? Discussion partner, Cleveland Botanical Gardens Herbal Society and Erika Olbricht, PhD., Instructor of English, CWRU. Join us for a tasting of herbal delights, and a look at some of the Dittrick’s rare herbals.

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Sunday Aug 20th, 2018 –4:00PM Event at Lake View Cemetery
MIXER! Garfield Monument Tour, Concert and Picnic

Join us at Lakeview for a concert and tour on the Lake View Cemetery Grounds! Bring a picnic, blanket and sun umbrella! Band: Hot Djang, swing gypsy and jazz! (register at Lake View) Lake View does not charge for the concerts, and Dittrick MEMBERS can get a free tour of the Garfield Monument by registering here. Not a member? Not a problem–join today!

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Friday, Sept 22nd, 5:30-6:30PM BOOK LAUNCH at Dittrick Museum
Clockwork Futures: How Steampunk Science (Re)invented the Modern World by Brandy Schillace

Airships and electric submarines, automatons and mesmerists―welcome to the wild world of steampunk.  It is all speculative―or is it?  Meet the intrepid souls who pushed Victorian technology to its limits and paved the way for our current age as Brandy Schillace presents Clockwork Futures, a social history of technology and steampunk in an age of manufactured power. *Followed by Launch Party at Happy Dog, 7:30-10:00pm

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Wednesday, Sept 27st, 7:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS! at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

“Dance Macabre: The Medical Archeology of Plague”
Our first fall “Conversation” series event, the evening will feature a short TED-style talk by Brandy Schillace followed by a panel of experts and a public round-table. Learn about the history of plague from the black death to “vampires,” and how digging up the past sometimes requires a shovel. Admission to CMNH: 7$

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Friday, October 13th, 6:00PM
Annual ZVERINA Lecture at the Dittrick Museum/Allen Memorial Library

“Medical Museums and the Digital Turn.”
Join us for our annual Zverina Lecture, also our Octover Symposium Keynote address. Simon Chaplin, Director of Society & Culture at the Wellcome Trust, London, UK, will be speaking on the impact of digital technology on museums and education. How can technology be a force for change? At the event, guests are welcome to interact with and explore the newly opened digital exhibition wall How Medicine Became Modern, an eight foot by four foot touch-screen display in the museum gallery.

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Oct 13-14, 2017, Symposium HOW MEDICINE BECAME MODERN: Technology in Museums and Education

The Symposium will mark the official Grand Opening of the How Medicine Became Modern digital exhibition wall, a touch-screen interactive that previews the collection through stories and images. We will open the Symposium with a lecture by Simon Chaplin, Director of Society and Culture at the Wellcome Trust, speaking on the impact of digital technology on museums and libraries. The Symposium will begin the following day, with morning talks dedicated to the use of digitization and interactives at the Dittrick Museum, as well as a presentation of Case Western Reserve University’s HoloLens project and its impact on medical education. A catered lunch will be followed by an afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where participants will tour the new Human Health Galleries and learn about the Centennial Campaign to transform CMNH galleries. The Symposium will end with dinner for all registrants in the Powell Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. For those staying in town, we welcome you to join Sunday tours of local museums and societies; Limited tickets available–register by July 21, 2017.

Complete information available at: http://artsci.case.edu/dittrick/symposium/


Thursday, October 26th, 6:00PM

BOOK TALK at Dittrick Museum/Allen Memorial Library
“The Butchering Art” by Lindsay Fitzharris—A book talk about her international non-fiction book on Lister.

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875. Join us for a book event and reading at the museum.

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Wednesday, Nov 8th, 6:00 PM
CONVERSATIONS! (Location to be determined)

“The Problem of Pain: a history of pain relief from harm to pharm”

Part of our Conversations series, come hear about the past, present, and future of life-altering pain therapies. Who discovered them? What risks of self-experimentation did they take? And how will advances in technology, pharmaceuticals, and other therapies bring relief in the future? Followed by a panel of experts and a public round-table discussion about pain therapy then and now.

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Saturday, December 9th, 10:00-2:00PM HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE at Dittrick Museum

We’re decking the halls! Join us on Saturday for cookies and punch, items for discounted sale, and holiday cheer. (Dittrick Friends Members get a free gift!)


Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 5:00-6:30PM
MIXER! at Dittrick Museum/Allen Memorial Library

“For the Love of Wine and Chocolate: the health benefits and consequences of our favorite indulgences”

Have plans for Valentine’s Day? Why not stop in at the Dittrick Museum for a happy-hour event? Three tables will be set up throughout the museum with information on wine, love, and chocolate in history and health. 15$ non-member, 8$ Dittrick Friend member. (Discount ticket for Dittrick Friends Members only)

*registration to be made available in 2018


Thursday, March 29th, 6:00PM
CONVERSATIONS! at Dittrick Museum

“The Babes were Silent: Infant Mortality and Public Health, Then and Now”
Co-sponsored by the Dittrick and the CWRU Social Justice Institute, this event will be part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival. Cleveland, Ohio still has some of the highest infant mortality rates in the region. Join us for a short-lecture, 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.

   *registration to be made available in 2018


Saturday April 7th, 2:00PM
“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.

*registration to be made available in 2018


Wednesday June 20th, 2018–6:30 PM
CONVERSATIONS! at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

“Pesticides, Poison, and Public Health: Unhealthy Environments lead to Unhealthy Bodies”
Join Brandy Schillace at the gardens for a talk about the loss of regulations and the effects of pesticides on the health of people and the environment, then and now. Followed by a panel of experts and a public round-table discussion. Entry fee includes admission to the gardens, discounts available for Dittrick Friends members.

 

*registration to be made available in 2018