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Harvard President to Speak at Countway Exhibit Opening

Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard, to present at opening of  “Battle-Scarred: Death and Disability Since the Civil War.”


December 11, 2012—On December 13, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end the Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust will present on “Civil War and the End of Life” at the opening of “Battle-Scarred: Death and Disability Since the Civil War” at the Countway Library. She will be joined by Jeffrey Reznick, chief of the History of Medicine Division for the National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine, who will discuss “Disability and the Cultural History of Modern War.”


“Battle-Scarred: Death and Disability Since the Civil War” expands on existing research into medicine during the Civil War, drawing special attention to the extensive Harvard Medical School collection of post–Civil War “mendicant literature”—or printed appeals for charity distributed by disabled veterans, their widows and others critically injured during the war.


The exhibit and accompanying presentation will launch a year-long series of programming related to the sesquicentennial anniversary of the end of the Civil War.


The event will be held on Thursday, December 13, from 4:30 until 6pm at the Carl Walter Amphitheatre, Tosteson Medical Education Center at the Harvard Medical School.


Learn more about Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine here.