Suzanne L. Singer

Keynote Speaker:

Suzanne L. Singer, Mechanical Engineer in the Computational Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Intersections of Energy and Wellness

Thur, July 26, 5pm ~ CARE/Crawley Atrium (Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way)

Dr. Singer’s research experience has allowed her to investigate energy conversion technologies and the consumption of energy resources in various energy systems. For this talk, she will explore energy consumption in the U.S. and Navajo Nation and the intersections of health and wellness for Native communities.




All Speakers will appear in the: Stanley J. Lucas, MD, Board Room, E level of the Medical Sciences Building near the Kresge Circle (231 Albert Sabin Way)

rebecca wingo


Thurs, August 2, 12-1:30pm

Rebecca S. Wingo is a digital historian and scholar of the Indigenous and American West. She is Assistant Professor of History and the Director of Public History at the University of Cincinnati.

Preventing Tuberculosis while Regulating Indigenous Bodies.  In 1910, Dr. Ferdinand Shoemaker, the Assistant Medical Supervisor for the Office of Indian Affairs, travelled to the Crow Reservation in Montana and began an innovative photographic health lecture series intended to prevent the spread of tuberculosis and trachoma.  Coupled with a handful of moving pictures, Shoemaker believed this series would provide a visual means to educate adult Indians about hygienic practices to combat the diseases that devastated their communities.  But the campaign had side effects.  Sponsored by the Office of Indian Affairs, Shoemaker’s traveling lecture projected white American values (especially family structure and gender roles) on indigenous communities under the guise of preventing disease.  Over the next eight years, Shoemaker took his lecture across 14 states in the West until the campaign lost funding due to World War I. Everywhere it went, the photographic lecture carried with it the weight of cultural imperialism.


Madeleine Fix


Wed, August 8, 12-1:30pm

Madeleine Fix is an information professional, instructional designer and multimedia artist.

Cincinnati's Public Landing, the Measles, and Wyandot Removal:  The Wyandot tribe left Ohio for Kansas at Cincinnati's Public Landing on July 18, 1843 by way of the steamboat Nodaway. The last American Indian tribe to remove from Ohio post-Indian Removal Act of 1830, the Wyandots walked from Upper Sandusky to Cincinnati. The tribe, comprised of approximately 650 individuals, was infected by measles on the Nodaway. Upon arriving in Kansas, over 100 people died, including a number of children. This presentation will discuss the history of forced walks, epidemics, and how removal came to pass in the Lower Great Lakes region. It will also address the importance of teaching hard histories and incorporating memory studies methods into research and teaching.


patricia van skaik


Thurs, August 16, 12-1:30pm

Patricia Van Skaik is Executive Director of the Lloyd Library and Museum.

Ethnobotany and Medicinal Practices in the Pacific Islands: Studies from Hawaii & Samoa from the Lloyd Library’s Historic Collections.  In the 1870s, Cincinnati pharmacist and scientist, John Uri Lloyd, along with his two brothers Nelson Ashley Lloyd and Curtis Gates Lloyd, founded a botanical library with a focus on Eclectic, or natural medicine.  In the next 50 years, their research and collection development spanned the globe, including the Pacific Islands of Hawaii and Samoa, where they gathered information on the cultural and medicinal uses of plants by the native people.  Join Patricia Van Skaik of the Lloyd Library as she takes you on a journey of resources spanning the 1830s to the present and delves into medicinal plants, plants in Pacific Island cultures, and conservation and habitat needs today.


t eric bates


Thurs, August 23, 12-1:30pm

T. Eric Bates, Co-Director, Native American Studies Program & Anthropology Faculty Member, Northern Kentucky University. 

Breaking Bread: A Perspective of Fry Bread and Native Health:  This talk will examine Native American scholar Devon Mihesuah's contemporary work on food and health. Fry bread is a staple food in many Indian communities and reservations and is oftentimes labeled as "traditional."  I will examine the problems associated with Native peoples' health as it relates to indigenous identity, health and contemporary living.


theresa culley


Mon, August 27, 12-1:30pm

Theresa Culley is a Professor and incoming Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.


Eric Tepe, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.

The Contribution of Native Voices to Medicine through Botany:  This session will explore the impact that Native Peoples have had on the practice of modern medicine today through their ethnobotanical knowledge.  We will learn about current drugs and treatments for cancer, AIDS, and other conditions that can be traced directly to the expertise and experiences of Native Peoples here in North America and beyond.

eric tepe