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On Tuesday, October 18, the Welch Library will host a special event to kick off the "Hopkins and the Great War" multi-campus exhibition. At 4:30 p.m., Dr. Marion Moser Jones (University of Maryland) will present a lecture, "Dispatches from the Second Battlefield: Four Hopkins Nurses Tell Their World War I Stories," on the second floor of the Welch Library Building. Also beginning at 4:30 p.m...

Department Chair Randall M. Packard's new book, A History of Global Health: Interventions into the Lives of Other Peoples (Johns Hopkins University Press), is out now. The book examines the limits of international health interventions in underdeveloped areas, despite the billions of dollars invested in such...

Nathaniel Comfort and Graham Mooney will work on an interdisciplinary NIH Center of Excellence reseach project with the Berman Institute of Bioethics to examine the ethical implications of using genomic information to help manage the prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases. The research team will develop and conduct three pilot projects that study how genomic information...


Robin Scheffler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research and Cold War Planning at the Special Virus Leukemia Program
3:00-4:30 p.m., Institute...
Christian Pross, Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer, Berlin
Revolution and Madness: The Case of a Radical Anti-Psychiatric Group in West Germany in...
Samuel Scharff, Johns Hopkins University
Looking Through the Mask of Sanity: Psychopathy and Forensic Cultures in the United States, 1941-1976