2011-2012 Citizen Science School Lectures

Naoka Wake

Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy  or Seventy Years of "He-Man" Culture in the U.S. Military

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
4:00-5:30 pm
VCU Student Commons 907 Floyd Avenue, Forum Room



Yucel Yankidag

Social Pathology and Fear of National Decline From The Ottoman Great War to Interwar Turkey

Monday, February 6th, 2012
6:00-7:30 pm
VCU Student Commons 907 Floyd Avenue, Forum Room


 Jason Karlawish, Physician and author,

Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
6:00-7:30 pm
VCU School of Nursing 1100 E. Leigh Street, Room 1009

He has examined how risk is reshaping medicine, the voting rights of older adults with cognitive impairement, the ethnics of research and care that involves person with Alzheimer's disease, and how the passion of ambition shapes the character of physicians and scientists.


Heather Perry, Associate Professor, History, UNC Charlotte

World War I and the Invention of Disability in Modern Germany

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
3:00-4:30 pm
VCU Student Commons 907 Floyd Avenue, Forum Room, First Floor

Her teaching and research interest are in Modern German history; the history of medicine and war; and the history of technology, gender, and the body.


Kelly DeVries, Professor of History, Loyola University Maryland

The History of War and Technology

Wednesday, September 21st 2011
6:00-7:30 pm
The Museum of the Confederacy 1201 E. Clay Street

Kelly DeVries specializes in Medieval military history and technology and warfare of the Middle Ages. He has authored several books and is often featured on The History Channel.


H. Jackson Knight, author and patent agent for E. I. duPont de Nemours & Company

Confederate Invention:  The Story of the Confederate States Patent Office and its Inventors

September 14th, 2011

He tells the story of those Confederates who despite the war pursued and protected their inventions with patents, benefiting both the Confederate cause and their personal lives.


Michael Gorman, Ranger and historian, National Park Service

American Civil War Photography

September 7th, 2011

Michael Gorman shares his expertise on photographs taken during the Civil War, with an emphasis on life in the Confederate Capital.


James Neifeld, Professor, VCU Medical Center

Medical Care During the Civil War

August 25th, 2011

James Neifeld discusses the important advances in medical care during the Civil War, highlighting hospitals such as Chimborazo, the "hospital on the hill", one of the largest and best-run hospitals in the Civil War.


Cathy Wright, Curator, Museum of the Confederacy

Mysteries Revealed:  Current Science and Technology Uses in the Museum of the Confederacy's Collection

August 18th, 2011

Cathy Wrtight discusses the current use of science and technology in the Museum's collections. The breadth and depth of the collections are well-known, but the ongoing research to learn more about them is not. The objects and documents are rife with mysteries still to be solved.


John Coski, Historian, Museum of the Confederacy

Naval Technology in the Civil War

August 11th, 2011

John Coski explores the "arms race" that occurred between the Union and Confederate navies within the larger international context of revolutions in naval technology.