Tuesday May 02, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201
This event will be IN-PERSON – mask wearing is recommended for in-store event attendance. RSVP here!
About the Book.
Journalist DiGregorio (Early) delivers a compassionate and nuanced history of nursing from the Neolithic period to the present day. Citing archaeological evidence of people born 8,000 years ago with life-threatening disabilities who survived into adulthood, DiGregorio pushes back on the notion that modern nursing sprung “fully formed” out of Victorian England. She also highlights discrimination and prejudice within the profession, noting that Florence Nightingale’s work during the Crimean War led to her being hailed as “the founder of modern nursing,” while her contemporary Mary Seacole was “mostly forgotten—or condescendingly referred to as ‘the Black Nightingale.’ ” Institutionalized segregation contributed to a nursing shortage during WWII, until the executive secretary of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses convinced leaders of America’s armed forces to lift racial quotas. DiGregorio also spotlights Lillian Wald, who founded the Henry Street Settlement in 1893 to provide healthcare to immigrant families in New York City’s Lower East Side, and visits the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, where 101-year-old nurse Marcella LeBeau discusses her vocation as “a way of seeing her neighbors’ pain—which was also her pain—and skillfully responding to it.” Striking an expert balance between the big picture and intimate portraits of individual caregivers, this is an enlightening study of a crucial yet often overlooked profession.
About the Author.
Sarah DiGregorio is the critically acclaimed author of Early: An Intimate History of Premature Birth and What it Teaches Us About Being Human and Taking Care: The Revolutionary Story of Nursing, coming in May 2023. She is a freelance journalist who has written on health care and other topics for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Slate, Insider, and Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her daughter and husband.
About the Moderator.
David Marchese is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, where he writes the Talk column. His work has appeared in New York, Rolling Stone, the Best American Music Writing, Spin, and GQ. He lives with his family in Montclair, New Jersey.