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National Library of Medicine Exhibit: Past NLM exhibits

This guide provides information on National Library of Medicine exhibits hosted by the College's Learning Commons.

2019 Exhibit

"Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine"

According to the National Library of Medicine, this exhibit "During the American Civil War, African Americans moved beyond the prejudices they faced to serve as soldiers, nurses, surgeons, laundresses, cooks, and laborers. Their participation challenged the prescribed notions of both race and gender, and pushed the boundaries of the role of blacks in America." This exhibit "explores the stories of men and women who came from different backgrounds and life experiences, but whose desire to participate in the cause for freedom transcended class, education, and social position." 


This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. 

2018 Exhibit

And there's the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors.

According to the National Library of Medicine, "William Shakespeare (1564–1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors—blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were thought to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personalities, as well." This exhibit, "explores the language of the four humors that bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies."

2017 Exhibit

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

According to the National Library of Medicine, "The exhibition explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years. The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that 'centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.' Surviving and Thriving presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. The six-banner traveling exhibition utilizes a variety of historic photographs as well as images of pamphlets and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded to, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS. Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture began traveling around the United States in October 2013." 

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. 

 

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