Professor Joanna Radin: The History of Biomedical Futures
4 May 2021 | 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Meet Joanna Raines, Yale Associate Professor of History of Medicine and History, on Tuesday, May 4th. She was recently featured in a New York Times piece that featured the Yale course, “Covid-19. A History of the Present”: “The course was ‘a pilot project to demonstrate that the humanities are an essential part of what a medical education should be — not just a luxury, but foundational,’ Dr. Radin said. One student wrote her final essay on the practice of Judaism during the pandemic. Another wrote a short story about working as a contact tracer in New Haven.”
In the Zoom meeting format, Professor Radin will address these intriguing questions: How have historical ideas about the future of medicine shaped the present? What happens when imagined futures don’t arrive? What happens when they do? In addition, she will share her experiences teaching the history of science and medicine to Yale undergraduates and medical students during the time of COVID-19.
Professor Radin received her PhD in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the social and technical conditions of possibility for the systems of biomedicine and biotechnology that we live with today. She has particular interests in global histories of biology, ecology, medicine, technology, and anthropology since 1945; history and anthropology of life and death; biomedical technology and computing; feminist, indigenous, and queer STS; and science fiction.
She is the author of Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood (Chicago 2017), the first history of the low-temperature biobank and co-editor, with Emma Kowal of Cyropolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World (MIT 2017), which considers the technics and ethics of freezing across the life and environmental sciences. She is also co-editor of the Science as Culture book series for the University of Chicago Press.
This event is also the Colorado Yale Association annual meeting. Professor Radin will join us at 7:00 pm. Colorado Yalies will be admitted at 6:45 pm, so that club business can be conducted. This will be voting on the slate on board members, including president. Zoom registration will have 6:30 pm as the start time, but this is due to their time pull-down not offering quarter-hour increments.