'Uncork the Past' topic of next First Friday Lecture

October 05, 2016

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine will host the November First Friday Lecture at noon on Nov. 11 in Room C3860.

“Uncork the Past: Alcoholic Beverages as the Universal Medicine Before Synthetics,” will be presented by Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, and adjunct professor of anthropology.

Fermentation may be the first energy system on Earth. As the universal medicine, social lubricant, religious symbol, artistic inspiration, and highly valued commodity, fermented beverages around the world became the focus of religious cults, pharmacopoeias, cuisines, economies and society.

This presentation is being held in conjunction with the NLM traveling exhibit “From DNA to Beer” that will be on display Sept. 19 through Nov. 6 at the Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons.

Last Updated October 05, 2016