Lecture Series

Lecture Series

In honor of UCSF’s 150th Anniversary, UCSF Archives & Special Collections has launched a lecture series to introduce a wider community to its holdings, to provide an opportunity for researchers to discuss how they use this material, and to celebrate clinicians, scientists, and health care professionals who have donated their papers to the archives.

These lectures are free and open to the public, and are held at the Lange Room in the UCSF Library (530 Parnassus Avenue). For further inquiries please contact Polina Ilieva.

Upcoming Lectures

Vaccination and Society Since the Sixties

Elena Conis, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism, UC Berkeley & Cain Fellow, Chemical Heritage Foundation (2015-2016)    
Author of the book Vaccine Nation: America's Changing Relationship with Immunization.


September 30th, 2016 at 12 pm

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Embracing the Future as Stewards of the Past: Historical Medical Collections in the 21st Century

Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Chief, History of Medicine Division    
National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health

October 21st, 2016 at 12 pm


Fake Silk

Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH

Chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (UCSF)    
Dr. Blanc’s upcoming book, Fake Silk. The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon, is published by the Yale University Press.


December 2nd, 2016 at 12 pm

Past Lectures

“Utilize what we have and do the best we can": The Discovery and Early Uses of Growth Hormone [details]
Aimee Medeiros, PhD (UCSF)    
May 17th, 2016

Video recording coming soon.

A History of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, 1912-2015 [details]
Dr. Mitchel S. Berger, Dr. Brian Dolan, Dr. Lawrence Pitts, Dr. Grant Gauger, and Dr. Art Lyons from the UCSF Department of Neurosurgery.  
March 11th, 2016 

Watch the video recording.

The Transformation of Anesthesia, 1900-1960 [details]
Dr. John Severinghaus (UCSF) and Dr. Merlin Larson (UCSF)    
December 4, 2015

Watch the video recording.

History, Science & Art of Ocular Prosthetics [details]
Robert S. Sherins, MD (UCSF Class of 1963)  
May 28, 2015 

Watch the video recording.

The Forgotten Epidemic: HIV/AIDS in Women and Children [details
Arthur J. Ammann, MD  
February 26, 2015

Watch the video recording.

Karl F. Meyer: California's Forgotten Microbe Hunter [details]
Mark Honigsbaum, PhD
December 5, 2014
‘Tipping the Balance’: Karl Friedrich Meyer, Latent Infections, and the Birth of Modern Ideas of Disease Ecology

Watch the video recording.

Shimkin's "Lost Colony" (1947-1953): Early Interdisciplinary Cancer Research at UCSF [details]
M. Michael Thaler, M.D., M.A. (Hist.) 
October 13, 2014

Watch the video recording.

Learning from Our History: Lessons at UCSF from the Early AIDS Epidemic [details]
Drs. John Greenspan, Paul Volberding, Molly Cooke, Jay Levy; UCSF 
April 16, 2014

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Tracking Disease, Forecasting Futures [details]
Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations 
February 21, 2014