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Pandemic Perspectives
Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for an engaging series of panels offering perspective on the current pandemic. Curators and historians will use important objects from the past as a springboard to a lively discussion of how critical explorations of the past help us to better understand the present.

Feb 2, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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David Barnes, PhD
Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science @University of Pennsylvania
David Barnes is Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Making of a Social Disease: Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France (University of California Press, 1995) and The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), as well as several articles about the history, culture, and politics of public health. He is currently writing a history of Philadelphia’s Lazaretto quarantine station (1799-1895), and working to preserve the Lazaretto site on the Delaware River in Tinicum Township.
Vanessa Northington Gamble, PhD, M.D.
University Professor of Medical Humanities, medicine, health policy, and American History @The George Washington University
Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, is University Professor of Medical Humanities at The George Washington University where she is also a professor of medicine, health policy, and American studies. A physician, scholar, and activist, she is an internationally recognized expert on the history of race and American medicine, racial inequities in health and health care, and bioethics. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center. A proud native of West Philadelphia, Dr. Gamble received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her MD and PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.