February 7, 2018 – Philanthropy of the Body

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Corneas, organs, and bodies, oh my! What motivates people to donate their bodies, and how has medical voluntarism changed over the last century? Susan Lederer, Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics, will tell stories and answer your questions regarding “The Philanthropy Of The Body”.

This program will be filmed. By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize The Community Idea Stations and Virginia Commonwealth University to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose. Click here to register on Eventbrite. While registration is required it does not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available on a first come basis. Room for 100 curious minds

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The Answer Brew Pub – 6008 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230
6:00 Doors Open
7:00 20-minute talk by Dr. Susan Lederer
7:20 to 8:00 PM Q&A Open Discussion

Dr. Susan Lederer
Robert Turell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Being a non-smoker hasn’t impacted Susan E. Lederer’s fondness for collecting medically themed ashtrays. Favorites include one styled in the shape of a bed pan and another with Hippocrates image. She regularly plays tennis in a USTA league and dreams of making time for her next book project about the failed attempt to bring bullfighting to Brooklyn. Dr. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she is the chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics. A historian of American medicine, she has written extensively on the history of animal and human experimentation. Her books include Flesh and Blood: Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion in 20th Century America (Oxford University Press, 2008), Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America Before the Second World War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), and Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (Rutgers University Press, 2002).


Are these events for scientists?
Quite the opposite. Science Pubs are specifically created for non-scientists.

How do I get there?
Carpooling and public transit are always good ideas.
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Do I have to be 21?
Any adults 18 and over are welcome to this event.

How much is it?
Attend for free, or make a donation. $5 suggested per person — Look for the beaker on the welcome table.

What time should I arrive?
We will welcome guests at 6:00 pm. We anticipate a full house and recommend arriving by 6:30 pm. Seating will be on a first-come basis. Dr. Lederer’s program will begin at 7:00.

I don’t drink alcohol, do you ever have any non-pub events?
You won’t be the only one not drinking a pint! Pub is in our name, but sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, and less about whatever liquids are in hand.

Will I feel comfortable if I arrive by myself?
Yes, many folks arrive solo. If you’d like to meet others, we’ll point you toward a community table. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.

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