Lectures scheduled this month for “Life and Limb” exhibit

life and limbTwo guest lectures have been scheduled in conjunction with the “Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War,” exhibit on display at Cushwa Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University:

  • Thursday, Jan. 23, noon. “Historical Understandings of War Trauma and PTSD: An exploration of social history through cultural narrative” will be presented in Room 3140 of Cushwa Hall. The lecture will be given by Sheena Eagan Chamberlin of University of Maryland University College. Chamberlin will discuss how cultural narratives have shaped the history of post-traumatic stress disorder, affecting how it has been understood as well as the way its sufferers have been treated. Sponsored by YSU’s Rose Melnick Medical Museum and the YSU Office of Veterans Affairs.
  • Thursday, Jan. 30, noon. “Black Veterans: Redefining Citizenship in Post-Civil War Ohio” will be presented in Room B112 of Cushwa Hall. The lecture will be given by Kelly Selby, assistant professor of History at Walsh University in Canton. Sponsored by YSU’s Rose Melnick Medical Museum.

“Life and Limb,” an exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, is on display in Cushwa through Jan. 31. Presented and sponsored by YSU’s Rose Melnick Medical Museum, the exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit, presented through six large banners, explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans, focusing on Civil War medicine, the brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. More than 3 million soldiers fought in the war from 1861 to 1865. More than 500,000 died, and almost as many were wounded but survived.