Current Courses

Summer 2022

Summer I

LBS 727
Race, Gender, Medicine, and the Law
Professor Simone Caron

Through interdisciplinary sources (historical monographs, novels/poems, medical narratives, Supreme Court cases, and national and state legislation), this course will examine changes in medical knowledge/technology and laws through the lens of race and gender. How have conscious and unconscious biases impacted medical theories advanced by doctors and scientists? What legacies of these biases continue to exist in 2022? Why have laws failed to break down barriers to equal access to medical care and to equality before the law? What cultural, racial, and gender biases continue to impact equal access to health care and to equality before the law in 2022?

Simone CaronPh.D. joined the history faculty at Wake Forest University in 1991 and was chair of the department from 2005 to 2013. She is currently chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Her research interests span from 1830 to the present and include American medical history, reproductive issues (birth control, abortion, sterilization), midwifery, alcoholic women, unwed mothers, and infanticide.  Her teaching interests center on gender and medical history, the Great Depression, the long decade of the Sixties, and American political, social, economic, and cultural history since 1865.  She is the recipient of the ODK Award for Contribution to Student Life (1994), the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching (1995), the Jon Reinhardt Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2014), and the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service (2018).

Summer II

LBS 723
The Quest for African American Citizenship
Professor Torren Gatson

Covering the period from arrival to the Black Freedom Struggle, this course hones in on key moments in American history that have shaped and crystallized African Americans’ quest for citizenship. This course will also expose students to history from a variety of different perspectives, methodologies, and approaches. Students will analyze and evaluate scholarly work and position them within the historiography through a series of exams, response papers, and group projects. American history is too vast a topic to cover every aspect of it from the creation of the colonies to the present. For this reason, we will focus on several major themes relevant to African American history (c. 1780s-1965) throughout the semester. Each theme easily weaves into the conversation of citizenship.

Torren Gatson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the department of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A native of Wilmington Delaware, Gatson, completed his B.A. and M.A. from North Carolina Central University and his Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University. Gatson is a trained public historian and a scholar of U.S., southern history, with an emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth-century African American built environment. He is a historic preservationist who conceptualizes the impact of African American material culture on the physical and cultural landscape. Gatson works with communities to build lasting public products that reflect the dynamic and difficult aspects of African American history.


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April Strader Bullin
Program Assistant
Liberal Arts Studies M.A./Lifelong Learning