Celebrate the Humanities in April

This April, OHSU Library is celebrating the humanities all month long. We have a slate of great events coming up, which we are hosting in collaboration with partners from across the institution and from our wider communities.

Check out the schedule below, and click on each event to learn more or to add an event to your personal calendar:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Poetry Contest Recognition Event
OHSU Auditorium

Please join us as we recognize the winners of OHSU’s annual Poetry Contest. If you would like to submit poetry, non-fiction, film or artwork, the deadline is March 17, 2019!


Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Saturday Sketch at OHSU Library
BICC Building, 3rd floor

Join us for an afternoon of drawing inspired by unique materials from the history of the health sciences and the views from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library.  Get up close and create something personal from engaging with rare artifacts and books from the Library’s historical collections, presented for your artistic inspiration. Artists from the St. James Lutheran Church Art Group will be on-hand to offer advice on technique.

Supplies (pencils, paper and drawing boards) will be provided. For those who wish to bring their own art materials, please note that the nature of these rare materials precludes the use of pens, colored pencils, oil paints or watercolors. Photography is welcome.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019
, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Film Screening: No Más Bebés

RLSB 3A003A & B

Join OHSU Library and the Center for Women’s Health to watch a powerful documentary about citizen advocacy and reproductive healthcare reform. The EMMY® nominated film No Más Bebés tells the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County General Hospital during the 1970s.

Following the film, stay for a discussion with Michelle Berlin, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the OHSU Center for Women’s Health, and Blair G. Darney, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, OHSU School of Medicine and OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Unspeakable: Sex, madness, and the malarial treatment of syphilis in Middle America, 1925-1939

Dr. Christi Hancock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Portland
OHSU Auditorium

Dr. Hancock will share her examination of the social history of the experimental malarial treatment of syphilis as it unfolded at the Central State Hospital for the Insane in Indianapolis, Indiana 1925-1939. Tracing the history of one patient in particular, Mabel Smith, alongside that of the hospital’s lead pathologist, Dr. Walter L. Bruetsch, the talk argues that power inequalities between patients and providers created the context for a steady stream of marginalized patients, which encouraged and sustained ethically questionable medical experimentation.