Hiram College and the Center for Literature and Medicine will present a lecture at 4:15 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2015 from Timothy Walker, Ph.D. ’86 entitled “Healing Knowledge in the Portuguese Colonial World: Medical Descriptions as Works of Ethnography, Botany and Literature”.
The lecture will take place in the Alumni Heritage Room of Teachout-Price and is free and open to the public. Dr. Walker, a Hiram alumnus, will discuss the impact Portuguese global exploration and colonial settlement had on healing and medicine. The Portuguese learned most of what they knew about tropical medicine by interacting with indigenous healers in territories they colonized in Africa, India, China, Malaysia and Brazil. They disseminated what they learned and brought information about native medicinal plants and remedies back to Europe.
Dr. Walker is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. There, he has also served as a Fulbright Scholar advisor and associate director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (2007-2009), among other positions. He is also an affiliated researcher at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. His teaching fields include early modern Europe, the Portuguese and their empire and European global colonial expansion.
The Center for Literature and Medicine is one of seven Hiram College Centers of Distinction. Founded in 1990, it is home to the distinct interdisciplinary program of biomedical humanities. The mission of the Center is to thoroughly examine human values in healthcare contexts through literary works and apply it to clinical settings.