Chinese Public Health Posters - National Library of Medicine Archival Research
2014 to 2016
Assistant Professor of History Nicole Barnes brings archival research into her first-year seminar, Chinese Medical Beliefs and Practices. Starting in Spring 2015, and now funded again for Spring 2016, she led a trip to the National Library of Medicine in Washington, D.C. "The students consulted the library's collections of Chinese public health posters—one of the largest in the world—and will use these materials to write papers showing transitions in medical beliefs and practices in 20th-century China," according to an article in Duke Today.
According to Barnes, several of her students "expressed gratitude for the peace and quiet that the NLM provided. It seems that getting away from the hustle and bustle of campus gave them a unique opportunity to think without interruptions, and several of them made significant progress on their final papers."