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Health Services and Behavioral Research Seminar: “Viral Imaginations – Vaccination and the Zombie Apocalypse”
December 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bernice L. Hausman, PhD, will present “Viral Imaginations – Vaccination and the Zombie Apocalypse” at the next Health Services and Behavioral Research Seminar.
Dr. Hausman has a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale University and a doctoral degree in Feminist Studies and Critical Theory from the University of Iowa. She has been researching medicine and culture since the early 1990s, and is the author of four single-authored books on medical controversies in the public sphere. The first book (Changing Sex: Transsexualism, Technology, and the Idea of Gender, Duke University Press, 1995) concerns the history of sex-change technologies in medicine and emerging ideas about gender in the 20th century. Books two and three, (Mother’s Milk: Breastfeeding Controversies in American Culture, Routledge, 2003, and Viral Mothers: Breastfeeding in the Age of HIV/AIDS, Michigan, 2010) concern infant feeding debates in the United States and HIV transmission through breastfeeding. Her most recent book, Anti/Vax: Reframing the Vaccination Controversy, Cornell, 2019, challenges public health and the public to understand vaccine dissent as a persistent and culturally meaningful aspect of modern societies. She spent 23 years in the Department of English at Virginia Tech before coming to Penn State College of Medicine in 2018 to chair the Department of Humanities.