November 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Torian Room, DuPont Library
178 Georgia Ave
Sewanee, TN 37383
Embodying Modernity: Healthcare Access and the Legacy of the Miners’ Memorial Hospital Association in Southern Appalachia
Who: Maya Sandler, Ph.D Student, History of Medicine, Yale University
Description: Building on her research into the development of a group of hospitals for Appalachian coal miners in the 1950s, Sandler will consider how healthcare became a marker of urban modernity for Appalachia, and subsequently, how the lack of healthcare in the region has become an emblem of intractable “other”-ness. The history of these hospitals complicates understandings of federal intervention into rural Appalachia, and suggests that the infrastructural landscape was hardly as skeletal as the government portrayed. Sandler contends that echoes of this story continue to resonate today, as the material impacts of the Affordable Care Act are hotly debated, and communities struggle to seek out the care they have long been promised.
When: 7:00 pm Monday, November 7, 2016
Where: The Torian Room, DuPont Library (178 Georgia Ave.)
Parking: Visitor parking is available in the lot adjacent to the library.