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Brown-Bag: Mia Levenson: "Anatomical Acts: Exploring the Intersections Between Popular Anatomy and Popular Theatre in Nineteenth-Century America"
In this informal presentation and Q&A, Mia Levenson, a short-term research fellow at the MHS, will contextualize her research as the intersection of three historical threads: the increasing importance of anatomical science to medical education, which contributed to widespread theft of bodies from public (and primarily African American) graves; the rise of a “popular anatomy,” whereby moral reformers sought to uplift the white middle-class through anatomical education; and the popularity of minstrelsy, a theatrical form that created a mockery of Black anatomy while, in some burlesques, simultaneously using the site of the dissection room as a punchline.

Jul 16, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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