The History department’s annual Dale Somers Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Deborah Harkness, professor of History at the University of Southern California, at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in 25 Park Place, Room 830.
Prof. Harkness is a historian of science and medicine from antiquity to the present, specializing in the early modern period (1400-1700). Her work focuses on how students of nature found their way through various spaces–universities, libraries and royal courts, cities and home, and finally the learned academies of the Enlightenment, in search of places to do scientific work. Her teaching focuses on early modern cultural and intellectual history, with particular emphases on Tudor and Stuart England, the history of women, and the history of magic and science. (from departmental page)
Prof. Harkness’ publications include:
- The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution (2007)
- “A View from the Streets: Women and Medical Work in Elizabethan London” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 82, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 52-85
- “Beyond Midwives: Teaching Gender, Science, and Medicine from Antiquity to the Present,” Radical History Review 74 (Spring 1999): 162-172
- John Dee’s Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature (1999)
- “Managing an Experimental Household,” ISIS: Journal of the History of Science in Society 88, no. 2 (June 1997): 247-262
This event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Department of History.