Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Catherine McNeur, “Controversies over Public Health, Local Food, and Urban Animals in 1850s Manhattan”

Please join us Thursday, January 26, for our first History of Medicine lecture of 2017:



“Controversies over Public Health, Local Food, and Urban Animals in 1850s Manhattan”
Catherine McNeur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Environmental and Public History, Portland State University

Thursday, January 26, 2017
12pm-1pm
Light refreshments served at noon

Local food has not always been prized as better food.  Using two controversies over local pork and milk in antebellum New York City, McNeur will seek to explain why pigs and cows were treated so differently, why politicians rallied around one but not the other, and how this affected public health, real estate interests, immigrants, consumers, and the developing illustrated newspaper industry.

Catherine McNeur (Ph.D., Yale University) is Assistant Professor of Environmental and Public History at Portland State University. She is also the award-winning author of Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City (Harvard University Press, 2014).


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