March 18: Reeder Lecture with Sarah Handley-Cousins

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The history program at Youngstown State University is proud to present the inaugural Robert W. Reeder I Distinguished Lecture in Nineteenth Century History:

"Disability and the American Civil War"
Dr. Sarah Handley-Cousins

March 18, 2021 5:30 pm ET
This is a free, virtual event. Register here.

From Gone with the Wind to Mercy Street, Civil War pop culture is full of gory amputations. Magazines and newspapers from the war era are littered with patriotic stories, illustrations, and songs full of sentimental praise for the sacrifices of the 'empty sleeves.' Indeed, amputation has become shorthand for Civil War disability--but that shorthand leaves an awful lot out. In this talk, Sarah Handley-Cousins will discuss how reevaluating definitions of disability can shift what we think we know about the bodily toll exacted by the Civil War.

Sarah Handley-Cousins is a clinical assistant professor of history and associate director of the Center for Disability Studies at the University of Buffalo. She is the author of Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2019. In addition, she is a producer of "Dig: A History Podcast" and editor for the history blog "Nursing Clio."

This event is sponsored by the Reeder Endowment, Youngstown State University Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melnick Medical Museum, and Office of Veterans Affairs.

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Contact Info: 
Amy Laurel Fluker
Robert W. Reeder I Professor of History
Youngstown State University