CONTACT: ANNE DUGGAN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8036; fax (319) 335-8034
Yale scholar to lecture on history of medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Language, culture and the body in ancient Greece
will be the focus of a series of talks and seminars by a visiting scholar
brought to the University of Iowa through the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished
Visiting Lectureship. Heinrich von Staden, of Yale University, is an authority
on ancient medicine, especially in Hellenistic Alexandria and Rome.
In giving others a glimpse of science and medicine in an ancient world,
Von Staden seeks to provide an opportunity for scholars to reflect intensely
and dispassionately about the contested themes of science in modern times.
Von Staden has edited and commented on the works of Herophilus, who,
together with Erasistratus, discovered the nervous system. Those ancient
discoveries set off a crisis in medicine and philosophy of science. His
work has opened up a rich vein of thinking about larger themes in ancient
medicine and culture, the focus of his lectures at the UI.
The main public lecture, "Shame and Responsibility: Ancient Motivations,
Modern Interpretations," is Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Iowa Memorial
Union second floor Ballroom.
A reception will follow in the Ballroom. For information on additional
events, contact the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, (319) 335-2753.
Von Staden will also discuss "Reading the Agonal Body: Conflict
and Competition in 'Hippocrates'," Feb. 18, noon, East Room, 8th floor,
John W. Colloton Pavilion, UI Hospitals and Clinics. To reserve one of
the complementary box lunches for this event, please leave a message with
Melanie DeVore at (319) 335-6706 or e-mail email@example.com
by Friday, Feb. 13.
These lectures are sponsored by the Ida Cordelia Beam Program, the office
of the provost, Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry, department of classics,
program in biomedical ethics and medical humanities, and the History of
Ida Cordelia Beam, a native of Vinton, Iowa, willed her farm to the
UI in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated
from the College of Medicine. With the proceeds from the sale of the farm,
the UI established a fund to bring top scholars in a variety of disciplines
to the university for lectures and discussions.