April 3, 2017

Lady Mary's Legacy: Vaccine Advocacy from The Turkish Embassy Letters to Video Games


The Kate Hurd-Mead Lecture

Lady Mary's Legacy: Vaccine Advocacy from The Turkish Embassy Letters to Video Games

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On April 1, 1717, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote her famous "Letter to a Friend" from the Turkish Embassy, describing the process of smallpox inoculation. With that letter, she became one of the earliest vaccination advocates, joined over the next three hundred years by celebrities and scientists, pop culture icons and heads of state, patients and game developers. This talk will explore the colorful and controversial history of vaccine advocacy from Lady Mary to The Pox Hunter, a digital strategy game set in Benjamin Rush's Philadelphia.

About the Speaker


Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies; Director, Honors Program; Faculty Advisor: Stockton Innovations: A Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creativity; Stockton University

Areas of Research: history of science and medicine, digital humanities, early modern Europe

Grants received:
National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, American Philosophical Society, Chemical Heritage Foundation, New Jersey Historical Commission

Professional Associations:
Advisory Board, History of Vaccines, College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Advisory Board, McNeil Center for Early American Studies; Past President, East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies; History of Science Society; American Association for the History of Medicine

Vaccination and Its Critics: A Documentary and Reference Guide (Greenwood, 2017)
The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh's Notorious Burke and Hare and of the Man of Science Who Abetted Them in the Commission of Their Most Heinous Crimes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)

Game Developer:
The Pox Hunter: A Digital Strategy Game for the History of Medicine, https://poxhunter.wordpress.com/

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