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NYAM’s Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health Launches New Festival on Saturday, October 5
Dr. Oliver Sacks and a rarely screened WW II Naval training film on combat fatigue starring Gene Kelly to headline free all-day public event with guest curators Lawrence Weschler and Brooklyn’s “Morbid Anatomy”
New York, NY (September 4, 2013) – The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) announces its first “Festival of Medical History and the Arts,” presented by NYAM’s Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health. The Center for History is NYAM’s newest center, with a mission to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.
On Saturday, October 5 the Center will open its doors to the public for a day of free events from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Festival celebrates artists, scholars, writers and thinkers working at the intersections of history, medicine, art and the humanities.
With activities on three floors, a café and book stall, visitors will be able to drop by for an hour or stay for the day. The New York Academy of Medicine and friends will present a widely varied program, including an introduction to bibliophilic delights drawn from some of its more than 500,000 volumes, behind-the-scenes tours of its book and paper conservation laboratory, and other historical gems, plus a rarely screened film from the National Library of Medicine’s collection starring Gene Kelly as a sailor suffering combat fatigue.
The Center will also welcome two guest curators to its Festival of Medical History and Arts. Lawrence Weschler will present one of his well-known “Wonder Cabinets” and curate a day of presentations featuring Oliver Sacks, Bill Hayes, Riva Lehrer, Jane Gauntlett, a “dendrites versus galaxies” slapdown, gruesomely belabored royal deaths, and anatomy lessons from Rembrandt to Gray. Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy will present anatomical drawing workshops, a medical wax moulage demonstration, and speakers including Carl Schoonover on pre-modern neuroscience, Daniel Margocsy on “artist of death” Frederik Ruysch, Mark Dery on his adventures in the NYAM library, and other explorations of the surprisingly fertile intersections of art and medicine.
All events will be free, except for the anatomical workshops and an “after-party” at the conclusion of the Festival. There, guests will be treated to an open bar, medically-inspired tunes by DJ Friese Undine, and cartoons from the National Library of Medicine’s collections spanning the silent era to the early 1960s curated by historian Michael Sappol.
For further details and a schedule of the day’s activities, visit http://www.nyam.org/events/2013/2013-10-05.html. Workshop and after-party places will be limited, so register now. Visit the Center’s blog at http://nyamcenterforhistory.org to learn more about its collections and public programming and sign up for updates. The Center is open to the public, by appointment, Tuesday through Friday.
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The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) advances the health of people in cities. An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, NYAM’s current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.