CHF to Premiere Monthly Webcast on August 7

On August 7, CHF will debut a monthly livestreamed show called #HistChem. The show will feature topically compelling issues that intersect science and history. CHF's Bob Kenworthy and Michal Meyer will host the show. The first episode, "How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zombie Apocalypse," will air at 6 p.m. EST. Watch the livecast episode at  

With the popularity of post-apocalyptic storytelling at an all-time high, CHF decided to look into the science, history, and sociology behind these fears. Our viewers can tweet to vote for the objects, people and chemicals they would want to bring along into the apocalypse. Results will be announced live on the show.

Guests will include Deanna Day, a CHF fellow, and Robert Hicks, director of the College of Physicians’ Mütter Museum. Day, who has taught a course on zombies at the University of Pennsylvania, will share her insights on zombies and what they say about our fears. Hicks will provide historical insight on apocalyptic diseases and medical cures.

Here are our guests' full bios:

Robert D. Hicks, PhD is the director of the Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Formerly, he supervised exhibits, collections, and educational outreach at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He has worked with museum-based education and exhibits for over three decades, primarily as a consultant to historic sites and museums. Robert has a doctorate in maritime history from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, and degrees in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Arizona.

Deanna Day is a former Price Dissertation Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation and a doctoral candidate in History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She researches and teaches courses on the history of medicine, technology, and media, and is currently writing a history of the medical thermometer, fertility tracking, and the origins of the quantified self.  She has taught “A Zombie’s History of Medicine and Technology” at Penn, and her essay, “Zombie Epistemology: What it means to live and die in Cabin in the Woods,” is currently under review at Ada.  She thinks a lot about the apocalypse.  




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