History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series
With Bert Hansen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, Baruch College, CUNY
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Refreshments, 5:30, Lecture 6pm
Russ Berrie Pavilion, Room 2
1150 St. Nicholas Ave. at West 168th Street
Free and Open to the Public
For over a century, the biographers of the great medical scientist Louis Pasteur have ignored his passionate and sophisticated love for painting and sculpture and the delight he took in his close friendships with leading artists. New research on this forgotten history enriches our understanding of his personality as well as his manner of working in the laboratory. The sober chemist, who had seemed to be devoted strictly to work and family, took enormous pleasure in the fine arts and used them as well to advance his career.
In a colorful slide show, Professor Bert Hansen will explore the artistic threads running from Pasteur’s childhood through his landmark scientific and medical discoveries until his death in 1895 at age 72.
Bert Hansen has been teaching history at Baruch College of CUNY since 1994. He holds degrees in chemistry (Columbia) and history of science (Princeton). Prof. Hansen has written on obstetrics teaching in the 1860s, the new medical categorization of homosexuals in the 1890s, the advocacy for public health and sanitation in political cartoons from 1860 to 1900, and the popularity of medical history heroes in children’s comic books. His book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America (Rutgers University Press, 2009), was honored with an award from the Popular Culture Association and named to the “2010 Best of the Best” for Public and Secondary School Libraries by the American Library Association.