The Taubman Health Sciences Library hosts exhibits that are free and open to the public. 


"And there's the humor of it" Shakespeare and the four humors (September 29 - November 8, 2014)
**To be displayed in the Harlan Hatcher Library Gallery**
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors –blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were understood to define peoples' physical and mental health, and determined their personality, as well. "And there's the humor of it:" Shakespeare and the four humors explores the role humors played in several of Shakespeare's most beloved works through beautiful imagery and rare books from both the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library. For more information about this exhibit visit the National Library of Medicine Exhibit page.


Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine (July 22, 2013 - August 31, 2013)
"This exhibit looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War. This exhibition explores how their service as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender by pushing the boundaries of the role of African Americans in society." For more information about this exhibit visit the National Library of Medicine Exhibit page.

The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters (March 25 - May 4, 2013)
The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters features the National Library of Medicine's collection of the family correspondence of a remarkable family of doctors in 19th century Virginia. The letters document the working lives of the Henkel physicians as they share medical cases, professional rivalries and the experience of the Civil War.

A Voyage to Health (October 18 - November 17, 2012)
A Voyage To Health explores the resurgence of Native Hawaiian culture to heal the soul of the community focusing on Kaho‘olawe, traditional voyaging. The exhibition touches on the history of voyaging, Kaho’olawe and the Hawaiian Movement, and the legacy and revival of the voyaging tradition.

Turner Town (April 20 – May 30, 2012)
Turner Syndrome (TS), a chromosomal disorder which affects only girls, impacts their growth, causes other life-long medical problems and some degree of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD). Nonverbal Learning Disabilities can be found in both genders, but the symptoms might be subtle and may often be unrecognized or misdiagnosed. NLD can lead to problems with motor skills, visual/spatial/organizational/time misperceptions and/or social difficulties. Little is known about these conditions among the general public.

This comprehensive awareness campaign consists of an interactive self-teaching traveling exhibit, “Turner Town,” educational posters and workshop materials. These include children’s activities, a teen newspaper, pre-school “tot lot,” comparison growth charts/measuring stations, “fast-fact” flip books, “real world” photo collages, a resource guidebook and portable reference/lending library about TS/NLD issues. The centerpiece of the campaign is “Turner Town,” a collection of miniature dollhouses with individual storyboards in front of each building. These storyboards depict the everyday challenges of a girl with TS and NLD from birth through her later teenage years. It also offers possible solutions in overcoming both medical and academic obstacles. “Turner Town” strives to eliminate any stigmas attached to people who may be dealing with health concerns and/or educational problems. It is designed to be appealing to all age groups. For further information and photographs about this project, please visit: www.dosoemthing.org

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race (February 3 - April 13, 2012)
"From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany carried out a campaign to “cleanse” German society of individuals viewed as biological threats to the nation’s “health.” Enlisting the help of physicians and medically trained geneticists, psychiatrists, and anthropologists, the Nazis developed racial health policies that began with the mass sterilization of “genetically diseased” persons and ended with the near annihilation of European Jewry. 

To relate this history, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has assembled objects, photographs, documents, and historic film footage from European and American collections and presents them in settings evoking medical and scientific environments. Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race provokes reflection on the continuing attraction of biological utopias that promote the possibility of human perfection. From the early twentieth-century international eugenics movements to present-day dreams of eliminating inherited disabilities through genetic manipulation, the issues remain timely." 

For more information about this exhibit and related events visit: http://www.lib.umich.edu/deadly-medicine.

My Right Self (October 3 - November 11, 2011)
Transgender issues and rights are particularly relevant to contemporary questions of social justice and human rights as they inherently invoke conversations on sex, gender, sexuality, behavior, and sociopolitical hierarchies of power which affect all aspects of society. These images and accompanying text are meant to confront and dispel myths and misperceptions around marginalized and disenfranchised communities.

From Max to Macs: A Retrospective of Medical Illustration Techniques (August 15 - September 30, 2011)
A Retrospective of Medical Illustration Techniques from Pioneering Medical Illustrators Like Max Brödel to the Digital Tools of the Twenty-First Century.

Medical artists elucidate medical procedures and record pathologies by illustrating the intricate structure of the human body. They have done this for over two millennia.This exhibit explores the history of medical illustration through the evolution of artistic techniques, tools, and technology.See featured artwork by graduates of the University of Michigan School of Art Program in Medical and Biological Illustration.

Max to Macs Special Event will be held September 15, 2011 6:00-8:00pm at the Taubman Health Sciences Library (1135 E. Catherine Ann Arbor, MI). You can meet local artists and participate in hands-on demonstrations of various artistic tools.

Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War (June 27-August 6, 2011)
The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine, which highlights the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterwards are less well-known. Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. For more information visit this National Library of Medicine Exhibit page. Photos of the exhibit display can be viewed in this album.

Darwin: Rewriting to Book of Nature (February 13 - March 26, 2011)
"Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory explores Charles Darwin’s vision—“from so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved”—a vision that now forms the foundation of the biological sciences. Radical in sweep, Darwin’s idea of naturally innovating and endlessly changing webs of life undercut all previous sciences." For more information about this exhibit visit the National Library of Medicine Exhibit page.

VSA Michigan: Emerging Artists' Exhibit (January 11 - February 13, 2011)
"A juried exhibit that features artists of all ages and levels of experience from all over the state.  Each fall VSA Michigan sends out a Call for Art to art teachers, special educators and individual artists with disabilities. A committee of professional arts and former arts educators adjudicate the exhibit entries.  Each year over 150 works of art are submitted, and approximately 60 are chosen, divided between works created by elementary, and secondary aged youth, and adults." For more information about VSA Michigan visit http://www.vsami.org

The Art of Recovery: Traumatic Brain Injury and Art Therapy (October 11 - November 19, 2010)
"Every year, millions of people in the U.S. sustain head and brain injuries. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital. The worst injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death (MedlinePlus)." This exhibit will show some of the ways that art therapy is used for the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The artists featured in this exhibit have utilized the creation of art as a form of therapy for their injuries. In addition to making interesting art pieces, art therapy helps people with TBI to heal and recover in other important areas such as developing and maintaining motors skills, improving range of motion, enhancing social skills and improving self esteem. Check out The Art of Recovery and  Investing in Abilities websites for more information.

National Medical Librarians Month (September 9 - October 31, 2010)
The Medical Library Association created the October's National Medical Librarians Month observance to raise awareness of the important role of the health information professional. Patients and those in the health care community need the specialized services that medical librarians provide now more than ever before. See what we're doing to celebrate!

The Road to Freedom: Portraits of People with Disabilities (October 26 - November, 2009)
The Road to Freedom is one of several traveling exhibits created by the Family Diversity Projects. This photo and textual exhibit is focused on children, teens, and adults with the full spectrum of physical, sensory, learning, and mental disabilities. Along with color photographs by Gigi Kaeser, the exhibit featured interviews conducted and edited by Peggy Gillespie and the 8th graders at the Four Rivers Charter School in Greenfield, MA. Photos of the exhibit are viewable here.



Creative Minds, Changing Minds (May 15 -May 31, 2009)
The arts help people break through the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Activities such as acting, writing and creating art help people recover from mental illness and substance use disorders. The arts help people with developmental disabilities build new life skills. May is National Mental Health Month and in recognition the Health Sciences Libraries hosted a Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards art exhibit, Creative Minds, Changing Minds. This 35-piece exhibit featured work by people who utilize Community Mental Health services in the state of Michigan. This exhibit was displayed on the 4th floor of the Health Sciences Libraries. Photos of the exhibit are viewable here.


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