Calendar of Events

Sep 18th

Is There a ‘Doctuh’ in the House? Jewish Physicians in American Comedy

Sunday, September 18th at 1:00pm

Speaker Dr. Ted Merwin

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This multimedia lecture centers on the depiction of the Jewish doctor in twentieth-century American humor. In the early part of the century, the idea of the trusted Jewish caregiver was inherently comical, in that Jews were scorned in society. But as Jews became progressively more acculturated in the postwar era, becoming a physician represented the pinnacle of success for a Jewish child, and Jewish doctors were charged with saving their patients from overindulgence and the anxieties of affluence. Ultimately, though, as the century came to a close, Jewish doctors were seen as no longer commanding the cachet that they once had enjoyed, questioning their relationship to their heritage, and sometimes even struggling to make ends meet.

 

Among the clips that we will discuss: Joe Smith and Charlie Dale’s classic 1920s vaudeville routine, “Doctor Kronkheit,” Groucho Marx as the bumbling but acerbic Dr. Hugo Hackenbush in the 1930s film, “A Day at the Races,” Dr. Murray Banks’ 1960s stand-up routine, “How to Live With Yourself, or What to Do Until the Psychiatrist Comes,” Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleishman in the 1990s TV series, “Northern Exposure,” and Matt Groening’s turn of the millennium animated series “Futurama” with its crustacean alien doctor, Zoidberg.


Sep 11th

They’ve got WHAT? Historical Collections at the National Library of Medicine

Sunday, September 11th at 11:00am

Speaker Dr. Stephen Greenberg, National Library of Medicine

Included with Admission

 

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The National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library with a collection of over twelve million books, journals, manuscripts, audiovisuals, and other forms of medical information. The collection includes material from the eleventh century to the present, and stands amongst the richest of any institution in the world. This illustrated presentation will introduce these vast collections to the audience, including how NLM was able to assist the Jewish Museum of Maryland in mounting its current exhibition, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.

 

Greenberg2016Stephen J. Greenberg received his doctorate in Early Modern History from Fordham University with a dissertation on early printing and publishing. After teaching for several years, he returned to school and earned his library degree from Columbia University, specializing in Rare Books and Archival Management.  Since 1992, he has worked in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine, where he is currently Coordinator of Public Services. He is also an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland (College Park), where he lectures on the history of authorship, printing, and publishing.


Sep 5th