Upcoming MUSC Lecture: “Pestilence in Paradise: Dr. William Hillary’s Epidemiology in Colonial Barbados,” Dr. Henry Fraser, April 10, 5:30 pm, Basic Sciences Building auditorium

The Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) announces that its annual Joseph I. Waring Jr. Lecture and annual membership meeting will take place on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm in the Basic Sciences Building auditorium on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Henry Fraser will present his talk, “Pestilence in Paradise: Dr. William Hillary’s Epidemiology in Colonial Barbados.” In 2012, Dr. Fraser and Dr. J. Edward Hutson edited the reissue of Dr. William Hillary’s Observations on the Changes of the Air and the Concomitant Epidemical Diseases in the Island of Barbadoes, first published in 1759 in London.

Dr. Henry Fraser GCM, BSc (Physiology), MBBS, PhD (Pharmacology), FACP, FRCP is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Barbados. He was the founding director of the Chronic Disease Research Center at the University of the West Indies and served as dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Barbados from 2001 until his retirement in 2010. He has also been an active writer, artist, public orator, architectural historian and conservationist. His publications include more than one hundred peer-reviewed medical and scientific papers on medical education, drug treatment, epilepsy, hypertension, obesity, stroke and many other subjects. He is also the author of hundreds of articles and newspaper columns, along with several books about Barbados history, heritage, architecture, and culture, including Treasures of Barbados, Illustrious West Indians, and the co-authored Historic Houses of Barbados and A–Z of Barbados Heritage.

A reception will follow at the Wickliffe House. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the library at 843-792-2288 or waringhl@musc.edu

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Graduate Historical Society, Evening Lecture: “From Graduate School to Public History and Federal Opportunities,” Dr. John Sprinkle, Bureau Historian for the National Park Service. Wednesday, March 26, 7:00pm, location TBA.

The Graduate Historical Society, the History Department and Graduate School at the College of Charleston, and the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program will be presenting an evening lecture by Dr. John Sprinkle on Wednesday, March 26. Dr. Sprinkle is the Bureau Historian for the National Park Service and author of Crafting Preservation Criteria: The National Register of Historic Places and American Historic Preservation. He will be speaking about careers in public history, employment opportunities for historians with the federal government, and how to prepare for post-graduate school positions related to history.

The joint MA program in History at the Citadel and the College of Charleston has continually worked to provide opportunities for young historians to develop skills that translate into employment beyond graduate school. Dr. Sprinkle’s academic background as a historian, which transitioned into public history work at the federal level, provides a unique perspective for graduate history students who want to branch out from post-grad careers in teaching or Ph.D. programs. In addition, his experience with grant writing, research, and doctoral work is invaluable for those students hoping to continue their graduate education and historical research. Building off the mission of CLAW to promote scholarship on the Lowcountry, and public understanding of this region and its place in a broader international context, the GHS intends for this lecture to inform graduate students about the opportunities of public history initiatives in Charleston and the surrounding areas, while also exploring ways in which MA graduates can contribute to this research and present information to the public. With the help of the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program, we hope that this lecture will further develop our established commitment to provide opportunities for post-MA students.

The Graduate Historical Society would like to thank Dr. John White and the CLAW program for their generous support for this event, as well as Dr. Amy McCandless, the Dean of the Graduate School, and Dr. Jason Coy, program director of Master of Arts in History, without whom this event would not be possible.