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Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Science Lecture: Changing Concepts of Radioactivity and Health

Lecture by Dr. M. Donald Blaufox
Professor and University Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as a former Chairman of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine

 Light refreshments at 6:30 pm precede the lecture, which begins at 7:00 pm.

This lecture will review the uses of radioactivity for selected medical and commercial purposes and the events that led to the recognition of its dangers.

When ionizing radiation was first discovered it rapidly gained public acceptance. Radiation was thought to be a panacea and was used for the treatment of numerous diseases. By1921, the price of one gram of radium had risen to $100,000. Since the late 1920s and early 1930s the public's attitude towards radiation has shifted 180° and it is now considered an extremely dangerous and potentially harmful source of energy. However, even as late as the 1950s, there were still some items produced containing radioactivity, which today would be unthinkable. The “Buck Rogers Mystery Ring” of the 1950s was activated with radioactive polonium.

Reservations required. Members and students with ID, free; non-members $15. Be sure to sign in above to receive your member discount. (Discount taken after item is added to cart.)

The Museum is open at 6:20 pm.   

Contact Kate Dzikiewicz at (203)413-6747 or KDzikiewicz@Brucemuseum.org for more information or questions.


 Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Science Lecture: Shocking Bodies: Electricity and Medicine in the 18th Century

Lecture by Dr. Paola Bertucci
Associate Professor of History and History of Medicine; Curator of the History of Science and Technology Division, Peabody Museum, Yale University 

Light refreshments precede the lecture, which begins at 7:00 pm.

Electrical experiments were all the rage in the eighteenth century. Before the invention of electric bulbs, batteries, or currents, the vivid light of electric sparks was employed to stage spectacular attractions for learned and lay audiences. This talk will illuminate the connections between the first uses of electricity in medicine and the fashionable performances that literally electrified audience members and their bodies.

Members and students with ID, free; non-members $15. The Museum is open at 6:20 pm. Reservations required.

Be sure to sign in above to receive your member discount. (Discount taken after item is added to cart.)

Contact Kate Dzikiewicz at 203-413-6747 or KDzikiewicz@Brucemuseum.org for more information or questions.


Monday, February 18, 2019, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Cartoon Lecture. Breaking Into the Boys Club: A Whirlwind History of Women and Cartooning

Lecture by Jenny Robb

Jenny Robb will explore the fascinating art and stories of female cartoon creators in the twentieth century.

Extraordinary women cartoonists have contributed greatly to the field of cartoons and comics across all genres. Learn about pioneers Nell Brinkley, Grace Drayton, Helen Hokinson, and Barbara Shermund as well as those entering the profession in the wake of the women’s liberation movement, including Cathy Guisewite, Wendy Pini, and Lynn Johnston. 


Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Panel Discussion: The Golden Age of Cartooning in Connecticut

(Snow date March 28)
Chance Browne (son of Dik Browne), Cullen Murphy (son of Jack Murphy), and Brian, Greg and Neal Walker (sons of Mort Walker) pay tribute to their fathers – and to an extraordinary community of cartoonists, creators of such classics as Beetle Bailey, Rip Kirby, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Sam & Silo, Big Ben Bolt, Nancy, On Stage, Juliet  Jones, and Prince Valiant. They will recollect notable experiences and observations from this golden era: telling stories and sharing rare artwork and behind-the-scenes photos. It promises to be a revealing glimpse into a time when cartooning flourished in the leafy suburbs of Connecticut.

Registration required.


Tuessday, April 7, 2019 — 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Science Lecture: Doctors, Patients, and the Physical Examination

Lecture by James M. Edmonson, PhD
Chief Curator Emeritus of the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum of Case Western Reserve University

Light refreshments precede the lecture, which begins at 7:00 pm.

In this lecture Dr. Edmonson explores how new diagnostic technologies, beginning with the stethoscope, transformed the physical exam. In 1800 doctors seldom touched their patients, and even felt that they could diagnose disease just by reading patient's letter describing their illness.  A century later, diagnosis involves a thorough physical examination and extensive use of instruments. How did that fundamental change in the doctor-patient relationship happen?

Reservations required. Members and students with ID, free; non-members $15. The Museum is open at 6:20 pm.

 Free to members and students with valid ID, non-members $15.   

Contact Kate Dzikiewicz at (203) 413-6747 or KDzikiewicz@Brucemuseum.org for more information or questions.