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Join the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare's (CSHHH) Annual Lecture with Professor Nancy Tomes, organised by Glasgow Caledonian University on Tuesday 5th October, at 5pm (UK time).

Professor Tomes is the State University of New York (SUNY) Distinguished Professor of History at Stony Brook University. She is the author of four books, including The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women and the Microbe in American Life (Harvard, 1998), winner of both the American Association for the History of Medicine’s Welch medal and the History of Science Society’s Davis prize; and Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (UNC Press, 2016), winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize. In 2011, she received the American Public Health Association’s Arthur Viseltear Award for her “distinguished body of scholarship in the history of public health.” Professor Tomes is currently working on a new research project about the historical origins of the modern “infodemic.” 

Her lecture, ‘Managing the Modern Infodemic: How the new social media are complicating old public health problems’ will explore the origins and uses of the word blend "infodemic" (information plus epidemic) to reflect on how new information technologies have transformed public health messaging in the past half century.

The event will be followed by a Q&A. You can submit your question(s) in advance or via the Q&A functionality on the day.

This event is part of the IHR's National Centenary Programme. 2021 marks the centenary of the Institute of Historical Research. For 100 years the Institute of Historical Research has been thinking back and looking forward. In our centenary year, the IHR presents ‘Our Century’ – an exploration, celebration and reappraisal of history’s past, present and future.   

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 48 hours in advance.