Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture

This year's Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture will be delivered by Susan E. Lederer, PhD, Robert Turell Professor and Chair, Department of Medical History and Bioethics. University of Wisconsin-Madison. The title of Lederer's lecture is "The Living and the Dead: The Human Body, Anatomy and the State in 20th Century America.

When Feb 10, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Gerrad Hall, 160 E. Cameron Ave., UNC-Chapel Hill
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Contact Phone 919-962-7594
Attendees All are welcome.
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Since the 1950s, medical educators and researchers have come to rely on the generosity of Americans who donate their bodies to medical science. This system of voluntary donation largely replaced the earlier legal instruments whereby the bodies of the unclaimed and indigent dead became the legal property of the state, and could be distributed to medical schools for the education and training of physicians. These acts in turn superseded the earlier, and unhappy, arrangement whereby medical students and professional “resurrectionists” supplied anatomy laboratories by stealing the bodies of the newly dead from graveyards. Given this history, how and why in the 1950s did body donor programs receive such unprecedented public support? How did Americans who willed their bodies to medical schools understand their role in medical research and training? This lecture traces the development of whole body donation in the second half of the 20th century.

Reception immediately following in The Campus Y, Anne Queen Lounge, First Floor.

The Keohane Professorship recognizes the remarkable contributions of Dr. Nannerl Keohane during her term as President of Duke University, and the unprecedented level of collaboration she and former UNC Chancellor James Moeser created between these two great institutions. It is funded by Carolina graduate Julian Robertson and his late wife, Josie, of New York and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.