April 02, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Martha H. Verbrugge, professor of history at Bucknell University, will be honored with a retirement celebration on Monday, April 20.

The celebration will include a public reception at 4 p.m. in the Center Room (Room 256) of the Elaine Langone Center, followed by the panel discussion, "The Importance of Examining Science and Medicine from a Historical Perspective," at 5 p.m. in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center.

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Leslie Patrick, associate professor of history at Bucknell.

Five Bucknell alumni who studied with Verbrugge before pursuing careers in medicine, academia, public history, and bioethics and public policy will reflect on the meaning and value of a liberal arts education and the importance of examining science and medicine from a historical perspective.

Panelists include:

  • Jerald Katz, who graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, is director of orthopedics and rehabilitation at St. Anne's Hospital, and orthopedic surgeon with Prima Care in Fall River, Mass.;
  • William McKinney, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1986, is president of Valdosta State University;
  • Eric Ruckh, who graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College Major with an emphasis in European history, is associate professor of historical studies and director of the university honors program at Southern Illinois University;
  • Amy Vandenbroucke, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English in 2000, is associate director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University, and executive director of National Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment in Portland, Ore.;
  • Cathie Zusy, who graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College Major with an emphasis in history, is a public historian, community activist and museum exhibit curator in Cambridge, Mass.

Martha H. VerbruggeVerbrugge, who joined the history department at Bucknell in 1978, will retire this spring after 37 years of service. A historian of science and medicine, she has taught introductory surveys, intermediate-level courses, and seminars for first-year and upper-level students. Her main research field is the history of popular health and physical activity in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly issues of gender, race, and equity. Her current work focuses on the history of racial segregation in recreation.

The recipient of degrees from Carleton College and Harvard University, Verbrugge is the author of two books: Active Bodies: A History of Women's Physical Education in Twentieth-Century America and Able-Bodied Womanhood: Personal Health and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Boston, which was awarded the History of Women in Science Prize, as well as numerous articles and essays.

While at Bucknell, she has been honored as a Presidential Professor and has received the Class of 1956 Lectureship for Inspirational Teaching, the Harold and Gladys Cook Award, and the Scadden Research Fellowship, among others. She has received research grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Spencer Foundation, among others.

The event is sponsored by the Department of History, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office, the College of Engineering's Dean's Office, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender, and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations.

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