Holmes Workshops

The Holmes Workshop Series aims to encourage scholarly discussions of ongoing research among graduate students and faculty members at Yale working on projects related to the history of science and medicine, while fostering a sense of community spirit and collegiality among members of the Program in the History of Science and Medicine. It is named after Dr. Frederic L. Holmes, former chairman of the Program.

Holmes workshops run from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on certain Mondays throughout the fall and spring semesters and will be held in the Fulton Room (333 Cedar Street). Presenters are encouraged to pre-circulate their papers or chapters when possible.

Fall 2021


September 13

Community Guidelines for Holmes Workshop and Informal Gathering


September 27

Constantin Kilcher

“The Conditions of possibility of the Zurich Moment. Three Germans and a Swiss”


October 18

Libby O’Neil

“Dreaming in a Vacuum: On Psychoanalysis as Experimental Science”


November 1

Alicia Petersen

Dissertation Prospectus


November 8

Kristine Ericson

Dissertation Prospectus


November 22

Deborah Streahle

Dissertation Chapter


Spring 2022


January 31

Colloquium-adjacent Program-wide Check-In



February 14 (virtual)

Holmes Workshop with Charlotte Rich

“Sutured Bodies, Torn Communities: The Irish Immigrant Women Who Helped Build American Gynecology”

Comments by Madeleine Ware


February 21 (virtual)

Holmes Workshop with Deborah Streahle

“ ‘The Community’s Burden Bearer’: Civil Rights Activist Funeral Technologies”

Comments by Gourav Krishna Nandi and Dolma Ombadykow


February 28 (hybrid)

Holmes Workshop with Kenya Loudd

“100 years of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome: A survivors perspective on the trauma of disease”

Comments by Kelsey Henry


March 7 (virtual)

Visit Day Holmes Workshop, double prospectus brainstorms with Sydney Green and Oliver Lucier


March 14

Colloquium: Grant Writing Workshop with Debbie Coen


April 4 (hybrid)

Holmes Workshop with Madeleine Ware

“Gynecological Gymnastics: Assuaging Victorian Anxieties with Pelvic Floor Strengthening”

Comments by Sarah Pickman


April 11 (virtual)

Holmes Workshop with Maile Speakman

“Tropical Infrastructure: Google’s Fiber Optic and Cultural Strategy in Cuba”

Comments by Kristine Ericson


April 18

Colloquium: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy Workshop with Angélica Clayton


April 25 (virtual)

Holmes Workshop with Zoe Adams

Doctor of “Dealer”: The Fight to Prescribe Methadone in Nixon’s America

Comments by Deborah Streahle


May 2 (hybrid)

Holmes Workshop with Kelsey Henry

Dissertation chapter about racial biometrics, child development, and early child studies (1890-1920)

Comments by Kenya Loudd