Visiting Speaker Series


 “Challenging Choices: Canada's Population Control in the 1970s”

2021 Visiting Speakers Erika Dyck & Maureen Lux presented a powerful talk about "Challenging Choices" on November 10 -- discussing reproductive politics, narratives of overpopulation, continued limited choices for many (contrasting with media reporting of a sexual liberation & freedom age), and more by highlighting four case studies: Indigenous women & family planning; Individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities & birth control; Men & vasectomies; Teenage women & unplanned pregnancies.  

Zoom image of Erika Dyck presenting

Zoom image of Maureen Lux presenting

Thank you to everyone who attended!

About the Visiting Speaker Series

Every autumn a distinguished medical historian is invited to Western University to deliver a public lecture to medical students and faculty as well as interested members of the London community.

The lecture series was established in 2015 through the generosity of a donor impressed with the engagement and quality of medical student presentations in the history of medicine at the spring History of Medicine Colloquium at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

In this spirit, this funding further bolsters medical student engagement with the history of medicine by bringing leading scholars to Western, significantly adding to the intellectual community and educational experience of students.

Past Speakers

  • 2019 - Dr. Scott Podolsky, MD Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
    "The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics"
    2019 lecture information and photo gallery
  • 2018 -  Dr. Susan Reverby, McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas and Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College
    "Insights into the unusual and revolutionary journey of Dr Alan Berkman (1945-2009)"
    2018 lecture information and photo gallery
  • 2017 - Dr. Jeffrey Baker, Director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and History of Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC
    "Autism and Its Transformations The History of a Contested Diagnosis"
    2017 lecture information and photo gallery
  • 2016 - Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Queen's University
    "The Stethoscope at 200: A Revolutionary Device now Obsolete?"
    2016 lecture information and photo gallery
  • 2015 - Prof. Dale C. Smith, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
    "Caring for the Wounded: How the Great War Medical Experience Shaped Post-War American Surgery"
    2015 lecture information and photo gallery