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History of the Health Sciences Lecture

“This is a Christian institution and we will tolerate no Jews here”: The Brooklyn Interns Hazing Episodes

Edward C. Halperin, M.D., Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, New York Medical College

Wednesday, March 21, 2018                 

Reception, 5:30, Lecture 6:00

Conference Room 103-A, The Knowledge Center at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library

Hammer Health Sciences Building, 701 West 168th St. at Ft. Washington Ave.

Sponsored by the Columbia University Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library


Though anti-semitism in early 20th century U.S. medical education was pervasive, it rarely resulted in acts of violence.  The exception was in Brooklyn where Jewish interns were twice assaulted at Kings County Hospital in 1916 and 1927.  Dr. Edward Halperin will present the findings of his recent research on these incidents and discuss the implications of the assaults in light of the current debate on immigration and higher education.


Dr. Edward C. Halperin has been Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Medical School since 2012. Prior to this he served as Dean of the School of Medicine, Ford Foundation Professor of Medical Education, and professor of radiation oncology, pediatrics, and history at the University of Louisville.  He was also on the faculty at Duke University for 23 years, serving as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology, vice dean of the School of Medicine and associate vice chancellor.  Besides his medical achievements, Dr. Halperin has long had a keen interest in the history of medicine especially in the history of racial, religious and gender discrimination in higher education.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library
Registration has closed.

24 hour notice