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Complementary medicine lecture on Chinese medicine and healing to be held Oct. 2 via Zoom

Linda Barnes, PhD, MTS, MA, will present the second annual Germano Lecture in Complementary Medicine, part of Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Humanities Grand Rounds series, via Zoom at noon Oct. 2, 2020. Her presentation will be on “The Americanizing of Chinese Medicine and Healing.”

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Linda Barnes, PhD, MTS, MA

Dr. Barnes is a professor of family medicine, faculty in the graduate program in religion and director of the MS program in Medical Sciences in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a medical anthropologist, historian and religion scholar who received her PhD in the comparative study of world religions and in medical anthropology from Harvard University. Previous publications include Needles, Herbs, Gods, and Ghosts: China, Healing, and the West to 1848 (2005); Variations on a Teaching/Learning Workshop: Pedagogy and Faculty Development in Religious Studies (1999); and co-edited volumes Religion and Healing in America (2004), Teaching Religion and Healing (2006) and Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History (2012), as well as articles in leading medical anthropology journals. She is currently writing a cultural history of Chinese medicine and healing traditions in the United States from 1849 to the present, for which she has interviewed more than 300 practitioners from a full range of racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds throughout the country.

In her talk, Dr. Barnes will discuss the Americanizing of the different practices that make up Chinese medicine traditions, which cannot be fully understood without attention to the full range of Americans who have engaged in the process. In particular, this story requires us to look at the role of underrepresented minorities who have played a part in the adoption, expansion and, ultimately, Americanization of the related practices throughout the country’s history, and in all its regions.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

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