The Penn State College of Medicine Department of Humanities invites everyone to attend the November 2012 First Fridays Lecture, “Queer in the Clinic: LGBT Health, Medical Historiography and Contemporary Clinical Practice,” from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 2, in Room C2860.
Lance Wahlert, assistant professor and director of the master of bioethics program in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity, takes the audience on an interdisciplinary journey as he examines the recent history of homosexuality in medicine. With special attention to the power and malevolent influence of stigmatizing diagnosis and categorization, he traces how the HIV/AIDS pandemic forcibly returned LGBTQ persons to the medical sphere, creating what he calls, “the painful reunion.” The response of the LGBTQ community to that reunion in art, activism and academia forged new views of the dark past with an eye towards the present and future.
This event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration required.