Monkey Trials and Cow Killers: Using Popular Culture in the Classroom

Lunchtime Lectures
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join us for a talk by Rebecca Kaplan, Cain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Science History Institute.

From Hamilton to Game of Thrones, popular culture is saturated with stories based on historical events. As a result, students come into the classroom with preconceived notions about history that instructors often have to combat or correct as they teach. However, we can also use these narratives to discuss how people remember and interact with history. In this talk Kaplan will share how she uses the Scopes trial and Inherit the Wind to do this and how she is using monologues to share her current research on foot-and-mouth disease with a general audience.

About the Speaker


Rebecca Kaplan

Rebecca Kaplan.

Rebecca Kaplan is a historian of medicine and public health. Her research interests include animal health and disease, One Health, and global health. While at the Science History Institute she will be exploring how pharmaceuticals are developed, marketed, and used across animal populations.

Rebecca holds a PhD in the history of health sciences from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MS in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Before joining the Science History Institute, Rebecca was the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Pulitzer Center, and she taught at UC Berkeley, Michigan State University, and UT Southwestern Medical School.


About the Series

Lunchtime Lectures are a series of (mostly) weekly, informal talks on the history of chemistry or related subjects, including the history and social studies of science, technology, and medicine. Based on original research (sometimes still in progress), these talks are given by local scholars for an audience of the Institute staff and fellows and interested members of the public.