Friday, April 11, 2014

Civil War Suffering: Making Sense of the Civil War -- presentation & reception, 4/17

Dr. Susan Lawrence, Historian of Medicine at The Ohio State University, will be presenting “Civil War Suffering: Making Sense of the Civil War,” on Thursday, April 17, 5:30 pm in Love Library, Room 222.

Lawrence will discuss why the Office of the Surgeon General was so determined to document the casualties not only in words, but also in drawings and photographs, in order to make sense of the medical experience of the war.

 A reception will follow her presentation.

This program coincides with the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War,” will be displayed in Love Library from April 14-May 24, 2014. The exhibit illustrates the brutality of the Civil War and the resilience of those who survived with serious disabilities.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the hours Love Library is open (

These programs are funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Charles and Linda Wilson Humanities in Medicine Lectureship at UNL & UNMC, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, History Department, and the University Libraries.

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