MUSC's Waring Historical Library and Humanities Committee will host the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health traveling exhibit, "Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and 'The Yellow Wallpaper'" from Aug. 26 to Oct. 6 in the Colbert Education Center & Library Building.
In the late 19th century, women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life while medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career, rejected these ideas in a story titled, "The Yellow Wall-Paper." The tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and social conventions restricting women's professional opportunities.
"This exhibit offers us opportunities not only to learn about gender inequalities of the late 19th century, but also to reexamine current notions of health and health care that may contribute to disparities and inequalities for various populations," said Lisa Kerr, Ph.D., associate professor and MUSC Humanities Committee member. "The humanities make these conversations engaging and accessible; they invite us to see the world we think we know so well in a new light."
In conjunction with the exhibit, the Waring Historical Library and MUSC Humanities Committee will host an opening reception featuring the exhibit, "The Yellow Wallpaper," a meeting of the MUSC Humanities Committee Book Club; a panel discussion about postpartum depression from both clinical, literary, and personal perspectives; and a closing reception featuring a lecture by a noted Gilman scholar, Jane Thrailkill, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, associate professor in English and Comparative Literature.
- Aug. 26 – Oct. 6: Exhibit on display;
- Aug. 26: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening reception;
- Sept. 12: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. MUSC Humanities Book Club meeting;
- Sept. 27: Noon. Postpartum Panel Discussion- "Postpartum Depression in 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Today: Three Perspectives;"
- Oct. 4: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Closing lecture and reception at the Basic Science Building auditorium. The reception will follow in the Colbert Education Center & Library lobby.
The events are a partnership of the MUSC's Waring Historical Library, Women Scholars Initiative, and Humanities Committee and the College of Charleston's Women and Gender Studies Program. Additional funding is provided by The Humanities Council S.C.
For detailed information about these events, call 792-2288 or visit http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/humanities or http://waring.library.musc.edu.