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The Third Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture, presented by the UO Department of Ethnic Studies

Broken Fragments of the Primitive Life’: Race and Dynamic Psychiatry in the Early Twentieth- Century U.S. —with Martin Summers, National Humanities Center Fellow, cultural historian, and associate professor, Boston College

Martin Summers is a cultural historian of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S., with particular research and teaching interests in race, gender, sexuality, and medicine. He regularly teaches courses on post-1865 U.S. history, gender, and sexuality in African-American history; health and disease in African-American history; and the history of masculinity in the U.S. Summers’ current research project is a social and cultural history of medicine that focuses on African-American patients at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, a federal mental institution in Washington, D.C. The project uses the hospital as a case study in which to explore the intersections of the historical process of racial formation, medical and cultural understandings of insanity, and the exercise of institutional power. Summers’ research has been supported by The Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2013–14, he will be a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

Cosponsors of the lecture: The Department of History and the Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History, Jeff Ostler.

Peggy Pascoe, the Beckman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History and a professor of ethnic studies, was a longtime ethnic studies executive committee member and later a core faculty member whose commitment and passion are remembered dearly by her ethnic studies colleagues. To memorialize her unwavering dedication to the building of ethnic studies, we have instituted the annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture to honor the hard work and care she selflessly devoted to the department. Pascoe was a UO faculty member from 1996 until her death in July 2010.