Commentators / Masters for Society Panels at the Upcoming McMullen Naval History Symposium

by Thomas L Snyder

A couple of weeks ago, I announced with great pleasure that the Society will have two panels on maritime medicine at the Naval Academy History Symposium in September. Of particular pleasure for us is that graduate / medical students wrote four of the six papers.

Today I’m very happy to announce the Commentators / Masters for our panels. Both sat on our Papers Selection Board, so they are very aware “up front” with the quality of the works they will be reviewing.

For the panel “Guantanamo to Puerto Rico to Project X231: Medical Ethics, Biomedical Experimentation and Archeology”, our Commentator / Master will be Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite. Professor Finley-Croswhite is a full professor of history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. In June 2010, she stepped down from the Chairmanship of her Department after a four-year stint. She says she is very much looking forward to more teaching and writing. A magna cum laude history major at the University of Richmond, Annette received her PhD from Emory University. She received her full Old Dominion professoriate in 2009. In 2010, she published, with Gayle K Brunelle, a real barnburner of a history–Murder in the Métro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France. Her other book, a product of her PhD work is Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610. Professor Finley-Croswhite has published more than fifteen scholarly papers; she is active in presenting history to the community, with more than twenty lectures, fora and mini-courses given. Her academic CV contains 16 pages of scholarly and academic activity and production. Professor Finley-Croswhite serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine.

Professor Harold D Langley has agreed to serve as Commentator / Master of the panel “The Health of Sailors”. After serving in the Army, during which he received the Meritorious Service Medal, Doctor Langley earned his AB at Catholic University of America, and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. During a busy and varied career, he has served as manuscript specialist at the Library of Congress, diplomatic historian at the Department of State, Professor of History at Catholic University and Associate Curator of Naval History at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr Langley’s publications include pioneering studies A History of Medicine in the Early U.S. Navy and Social Reform in the United States Navy, 1798-1862. Professor Langley has also edited or co-edited several historical works. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine.

With these experienced and erudite Commentators, and two panels of excellent papers, I think we can look forward to excellent sessions at the Naval Academy History Symposium at Annapolis in September.

©2011 Thomas L Snyder

About thomaslsnyder

Retired urological surgeon and navy reservist. Writing the history of the Navy's first hospital on the U S west coast, at Mare Island, California. Founder and Executive Director, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. Founder and Coordinator of the Albany Base Hospital No. 33 Society, a military affinity group at Albany Medical College, my alma mater. Past Commander of the San Francisco Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States and founder and past Commander of the Naval Order's "virtual" Continental Commandery. Naval Order Ship's Store manager and Assistant Treasurer General. Member of the Solano County (California) Historical Records Commission.
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