Speaker:Mary Lagerwey, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Western Michigan University
Bronson School of Nursing
Title: Dangerous Memories and the Moral Image of Nursing
Abstract: A growing body of nursing research on nursing in the Third Reich demonstrates that passivity in the face of evil, complicity, and even murder were not isolated events, but involved significant segments of the nursing profession on an international scale.
Using stories of nurses and nursing in the Third Reich as exemplars, the presentation will focus on potential responses to “dangerous memories” that challenge and disrupt collective memories and the moral identity of the profession as one of caring and advocacy. Options that will be discussed include defining such events as total aberrations, marginalization of unethical behavior in transmission of memories, and a more complex and cautious sense of moral identity.
Place: Room 2019, 2U
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Bates Center Seminar Series features scholarly papers and presentations on the history of nursing and health care and welcomes all interested individuals.
Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096
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