On June 29, at noon, Katherine L. Carroll, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, will present a lecture titled “Signposts in the City: Medical Centers in the Early Twentieth Century.” Virtual access information will be forthcoming.
In the decades just before and after 1900, medical schools and their teaching hospitals rebuilt throughout the United States. Katherine L. Carroll argues that these large structures served as signposts in the city designed to celebrate the shifts underway in medical science, physicians’ training, and physicians’ professional identity. To this end, educators and architects worked hard to include the local community in the construction process and create attractive and inviting buildings. At the same time, however, a close reading of these facilities reveals the limits of educators and philanthropists’ vision. The schools and hospitals privileged doctors over other medical personnel and encouraged hierarchies between physicians based on race and gender. Carroll will incorporate examples from the history of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in her lecture.
Katherine L. Carroll is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Her current research investigates the architecture of American medical schools and will be published in her forthcoming book, Building Schools, Making Doctors: Architecture and the Modern American Physician (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2022). Her work has appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and Corporate Patronage of Art and Architecture in the United States (Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019). Support for Carroll’s research has come from the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. Carroll has presented widely on medical school design, including at annual meetings of the Society of Architectural Historians and the American Association for the History of Medicine. She holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University.