Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 2pm

The 1918 Pandemic: Indianapolis Confronts the 1918 Spanish Influenza

presented by William McNiece, MD and Bill Beck both from the Marion County Historical Society

When the Spanish Influenza began to affect life in Indianapolis in late September 1918, the Hoosier Capital City was relatively quick to react. The community had dealt with typhoid epidemics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and an outbreak of diphtheria in 1910 had resulted in orders to close schools until the infection passed. Public health officials ordered schools, theaters, restaurants and other gathering places shut down to halt community spread of the deadly influenza, and residents were asked to wear cloth masks when out in public (and to refrain from spitting on the streets and sidewalks, at all costs). Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame all canceled football games that fall, and popular Halloween Trick or Treat activities were suspended until the fall of 1919.

Watch the recording here.

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:30pm

Gadgets & Gizmos IV

presented by Norma Erickson and Sarah Halter

Here's your chance to see historic medical artifacts that are usually hidden behind the scenes in storage. Guess what they are-- then learn the true story!

Space is limited. Register here.

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 2pm

"When Fate Overtakes a Race Driver": E. Rogers Smith, MD, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2nd Medical Officer

presented by Norma Erickson

For its 104 runnings, only six different doctors have served as Chief Medical Officer of the Indianapolis 500. In the second installment of this racing and medicine series, medical historian Norma Erickson discusses the tenure  of the second CMO, neuropsychiatrist E. Rogers Smith, who served from 1938 to 1951.

Space is limited. Register here.


Friday, June 12, 2020

Emerging Viruses and Pandemics: Lessons from HIV/AIDS

presented by William H. Schneider, Phd

Watch the recording here.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Annual Lande Family Lecture

Picturing Nightingale: How Visual Culture Assisted the Rise of Nursing Professionals

presented by Jane E. Schultz, PhD

Watch the recording here.

To see a list of other past events, click here.

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