Hershey Lectureship in the History of Medicine set for May 6

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Department of Humanities' 2016 Hershey Lectureship in the History of Medicine will be held at noon May 6 in Room C2860 on the Penn State College of Medicine campus. Carol L. Tilley, associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “The Psychopathology of Comics Reading: The Troubled Legacy of Fredric Wertham’s Public Health Campaign.”

Psychiatrist Fredric Wertham devoted much of his practice in the 1940s and 1950s to the diagnosis and treatment of young people identified as juvenile delinquents. Wertham found that reading comics was a pastime uniting virtually all of his young patients. This discovery of the comics industry led Wertham to advocate for limitations on the sale of comics to children. Tilley will explore Wertham’s manipulation of the evidence of comics reading.

This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required. For more information, email cdeboer@hmc.psu.edu or call 717-531-8778.

Last Updated April 13, 2016