11 September 2020 — 12:00 noon — online

Graduate Student Panel: John Carranza, Jeremey Donnelly-Rutledge, Diana Heredia-López, and Alyssa Peterson

“History, Medicine, and COVID: A Roundtable”

This panel will discuss COVID-19 and insights from the history of science and medicine, followed by broader group discussion. Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas and questions to share.


John Carranza is a fifth year PhD candidate in the history of science, medicine, and disability history. His dissertation analyzes the contributions of American social movements of the 1960s and ’70s in prompting the production and circulation sex education print media for people with disabilities.

Jeremey Donnelly-Rutledge is a returned Peace Corps volunteer studying the history of medicine with an interest in how international health policies are adapted by local organizations in West Africa and the Sahel. In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, how important are larger institutions in setting guidance? Is there a role for individuals and smaller organizations to play in the production of scientific knowledge around the disease?

Diana Heredia-López is a PhD candidate working on the history of dyes and early modern commerce in the Americas. She seeks to understand the changes in material life brought on by the Columbian Exchange that go beyond disease and ecological devastation.

Alyssa Peterson is in the fourth year of her PhD program and studies the intersection of health and the environment in the 18th century Atlantic world. Her dissertation will look at the relation between medicine and earthquakes in Jamaica and in the larger medical world.

This event is part of the History and Philosophy of Science weekly talk series, which will be held virtually during Fall 2020.

To attend this virtual event, please register in advance using this link:  https://utexas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkfuquqz8oHdxkgLCQFE03Ulqg40UWsYd5