Public Programs

The New York Academy of Medicine Library hosts programming in medicine, history, and the humanities, sponsored by its Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health.

View all of the Center's upcoming events.

2017 Cultural ProgrammingDownload the Summer/Fall 2017 programming catalog for more details. To register, click the names of the events in the catalog, or visit our events page.

Additional events will be added throughout the year. To receive event notifications, sign up here

2017 Event Series

Legacies of WarLegacies of War: Medical Innovations and Impacts
The profound physical and mental destruction left in the wake of war has by necessity accelerated innovation in medicine that often led to benefits for society as a whole. The conditions of war have brought advances in surgical care, prosthetics, blood banking, antibiotics and trauma care. This series commemorates the American entry into World War I in 1917 by exploring the often-intertwined history of conflict and medicine, as well as the devastating and ongoing impact of war on the minds and bodies of soldiers and civilian populations.

Who Controls Women's Health? A Century of Struggle
This free, three-part talk series examines key battles over women’s ability to control their bodies, health choices, and fertility. It is developed in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York and supported by a grant from the Humanities New York.

History of Medicine and HealthHistory of Medicine and Health
Our annual History of Medicine series invites esteemed historians and authors to share their expertise on a wide range of engaging topics. These free public lectures offer historical perspectives on issues in medicine, health, and culture around the world.

Friends of the Rare Book RoomFriends of the Rare Book Room
The Annual Friends of the Rare Book Room Lecture is free and open to the public, followed by a private reception for all Friends. Friends also enjoy access to private post-event receptions and additional exclusive events and benefits. Find out more about Friends events and join at

Workshops and Reading GroupsWorkshops and Reading Groups
Go deeper on select topics ranging from cookery and food, aging and literature, to art and anatomy, collaborating closely with our instructors in interactive readings groups, art demonstrations, and workshops.