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Health, Medicine, and Gender in the Archives: Deconstructing the Nurse

Jessica Martucci leads the first of a three-part workshop series for teachers and researchers interested in using archival materials in their work.

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January 25, 2024, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Barbara Bates Center, Suite 2U, Claire M. Fagin Hall
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff
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RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Please RSVP to Matilda Hemming, PhD Candidate (English and GSWS):

What does it mean to be a nurse? How have nurse leaders, physicians, and hospitals constructed the nurse in the modern era? How has the nurse been imagined in popular culture? How have ideas, expectations, and experiences of nursing changed over time? In this workshop, we’ll explore a diverse set of materials ranging from a young adult book series, to board games, to annual reports from Philadelphia’s first Black nurse training schools. We will think about the ways that nursing has stood at the intersection of critical cultural and institutional conversations about gender, race, sexuality, labor, and the design of America’s healthcare system.

This workshop will be led by Jessica Martucci, Curator of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

About the Series

Are you a teacher or researcher interested in the medical humanities and gender studies? Are you curious about how to use archival materials in your teaching or research? If so, please join a three-part workshop series on Health, Medicine, and Gender in the Archives at Penn. These informal workshops will introduce attendees to a wide range of exciting materials and will provide practical information about how to work with curators in your research and teaching. Graduate students are especially encouraged to attend.

Upcoming workshops (Thursdays at noon):

  • January 25: The Barbara Bates Center, Suite 2U, Claire M. Fagin Hall (Jessica Martucci)
  • February 22: The Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th Floor (Alicia Meyer)
  • March 28: University Archives Research Center, 401 Market Street, Suite 210 (J. M. Duffin). Reception and swag to follow!

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