Dr. Edward Halperin, Chancellor and CEO of New York Medical College, will deliver a lecture on a little-known episode of anti-Semitic violence in American medical education. Entitled “This is a Christian institution and we will tolerate no Jews here”: The Brooklyn Interns Hazing Episodes of 1916 & 1927, the lecture will be a 6pm on Oct. 10 in Conference Room 103-A, in the Knowledge Center of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences. A reception will follow.
The lecture is free and open to the public but registration is required: https://cumc.columbia.libcal.com/event/4536597
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.