5th Meeting and Papers Session

Two Society Panels Presented at Naval Academy History Symposium

The McMullen Naval History Symposium, held at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, 15 – 16 September 2011.

Our panels were both scheduled on the first day of the Symposium, as follows:

“Health of Sailors”
Christopher McKee, Grinnell College, Chair and Commentator

  • John Beeler, University of Alabama: “The most virulent case of Fever I have ever heard of”: The Royal Navy, the Caribbean, and Yellow Fever, 1860-63
  • Cori Convertito-Farrar, University of Exeter (UK): Health of British Sailors stationed in the Caribbean during the American Revolution 1776-1783
  • Andrew Rath, McGill University (Canada): The Suicide of British Rear-Admiral David Price
“From Guantanamo to Puerto Rico to Project X231”
Harold D. Langley, Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution, Chair and Commentator
  • Gerard J. Fitzgerald, University of Virginia, Germ Warfare: Project X-231 and the Technological Challenge of Airborne Disease Control
  • Raed Moustafa, Boston University: Medical Ethics and Military Duty: Interrogations, Force-Feeding, and Complicity at Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
  • Paola A. Schiappacasse, Syracuse University: Welcome To Isolation! Understanding the first permanent maritime quarantine station in 19th century Puerto Rico

Special appreciation goes to the Society’s professorial Papers Selection Board–Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite and Professor Harry Langley–for their sound work in reviewing all sixteen submissions and selecting six papers that were compelling to the Naval Academy planners.

The Society, and the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine,  presented Ms Convertito-Farrar, Ms Schiappacasse, Mr Rath and Mr Moustafa with the Society’s 2011 Student Travel Grant Awards.

The papers will appear as a “Proceedings” in the U S Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery digest The Grog in the near feature. Check back here for an announcement of publication.

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