It was quite a spooky month at the Frank Ritchel Ames Memorial Library. The library hosted three events for students, faculty, and staff. Jenifer Fisher, MLIS, Reference Librarian and Instructor of Medical Humanities, kicked off the month with her presentation, “What We Do in the Shadows: The Medical History of Vampires.” Throughout her hour-long presentation, Ms. Fisher showcased her in-depth knowledge of the history of medicine to educate participants about how specific diseases, such as tuberculosis, inspired the vampire myth across Europe and North America.
On October 14th, author and University of Colorado professor, Jennifer Reich spoke to attendees about her lengthy career, providing insight into the socio-economic makeup and experiences of parents in the vaccines refusal community.
Lastly, the libraries at each campus hosted the second annual Escape Room. The theme this year was a blend of Sherlock Holmes, pop culture, and library knowledge. Many of the questions and puzzles focused on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character and the chronicles of Holmes’ and Watson’s adventures. However, no prior knowledge of Sherlock Holmes was necessary. Success was achieved through observation, logic, and teamwork.
The next event in this spooky series is “It’s Alive: The Legacy of Frankenstein,” in which Therese Jones, Associate Director at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz, will briefly discuss the teller – Mary Shelley – and the tale, especially its historical, cultural, scientific and medical contexts and its major themes. Following the presentation, she will address the myth and mystery of the novel with a few examples of its cinematic progeny. Both campuses will host the event on November 21st.