Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Pyle Center | 702 Langdon St., Madison WI
Topsy-Turvy History: Regulation and Individual Rights in Public Health
Talk by Judith W. Leavitt, Ph.D.
Ruth Bleier and Rupple Bascom Professor Emerita of History of Medicine, History of Science, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History
COVID-19 has brought public health issues and interventions into the news and into our lives. The history of public health in the 19th and 20th century reveals a trajectory of increasing power and authority of health departments to protect community health. A deep-dive into Milwaukee, Wisconsin, however, uncovers interruptions in the usual trajectory and provides insight into current dissention over masks and vaccinations. The talk draws on Dr. Leavitt’s book The Healthiest City to demonstrate that social and historical contexts informed responses to epidemics. Using examples of smallpox and influenza, it finds topsy-turvy changes in public health’s efforts to control infectious diseases.
The event is free and open to the public. No registration required.
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The lecture will be recorded and posted online at a later date.