NOTE: Due to an unforeseen flight cancellation, tonight’s Fisher Center lecture by Andrea Tone (and tomorrow’s roundtable discussion) will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check back for updates.
On Wednesday, March 24, the Fisher Center will welcome Andrea Tone, Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine and McGill University joint professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and the Department of History.
Discussing this year’s Fisher Center theme of “Engendering Crisis,” Tone will deliver a talk titled “Elusive Elysium: Women, Men and Anxiety Over Time” at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Tone’s scholarship explores women and health, medical technology, sexuality, psychiatry, and industry, particularly the intersection between patient experience, cultural contexts, and technological and economic change in 19th and 20th-century America. She is the author of several books and edited volumes, including “Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America,” which was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and, most recently, “Medicating Modern America: Prescription Drugs in History,” with Elizabeth Siegel Watkins. She has just finished a book on the history of tranquilizers (forthcoming with Basic Books) and is beginning research on a project on Cold War psychopharmacology funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her work has been featured on ABC News, PBS, National Public Radio, the CBC, the History Channel, and in the New York Times.
As always, a morning roundtable discussion will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in Demarest Hall 212, the Fisher Center, the morning following the lecture.
The Fisher Center was endowed with a $1 million gift from Emily and the late Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men reflects a perfect intersection of the Colleges’ coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe.
For more information about this spring’s Fisher Center lineup, check out the news release here.