Medical Humanities and Health Studies

Lectures and Seminars in Medical Humanities-Health Studies


Elizabeth Nelson, PhD 

"The Museum of Madness at the Villejuif Asylum in Paris in 1900"

Tuesday, February 9th 2016

4:30pm - 5:30pm, Medical Library IB307  

This talk will explore one of the first collections of artwork created by institutionalized mental patients, and how doctors interpreted patient art in terms of new, evolutionary understandings of mental illness. It will also analyze the importance of art-making and collecting at a time of significant institutional reform. Ultimately, this historical case study sheds light on the possibilities and limitations of integrating medicine and the arts.


Angela Potter  

"From Hygiene to Health: Indiana University’s Dr. Thurman Rice" 

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

4:30pm - 5:30pm, Medical Library IB307 

IU School of  Medicine Professor Dr. Thurman Rice put Indiana on the map with his controversial views on eugenics, but there is more to him including his nationally recognized campaigns in the name of social hygiene and public health. This talk will reevaluate Rice’s career as a pioneer in the field of public health. Rice’s work was an important step in medicalizing not only disease but also health, sexuality and other community health issues that remain relevant today.

Click here for a complete list of MHHS 2016 Spring Seminar Series. 

Stay tuned for more information for Fall 2016 MHHS Seminar Series!


Parking Information: 

For seminars held in the IUPUI Campus Center: park in the Vermont Street parking garage, 1004 W. Vermont St., next to the IUPUI Campus Center.

For seminars held in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building: park in the University Hospital parking garage, 600 University Blvd., and walk west on Walnut Street to reach the Medical Science building.

For seminars held in the Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium: park in the Riley Outpatient parking garage, 575 West Dr.

Contact Rosie at or call 317-278-1669 to be the first to receive updates on information about these and other talks for the upcoming academic year.