The Usdan University Center at Wesleyan University is a focal point of activity and central programming space for the campus community.  It provides a comfortable gathering place for students, staff, faculty, alumni and visitors and plays a significant role in enhancing the sense of community on campus. Programs in the Usdan Center foster the intellectual exchange between students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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Event Calendar

Nov 12

Joan Diamore

09:00 am

Center for Humanities: Monday Night Lecture Series

06:00 pm

Megan Glick, Assistant Professor of American Studies Wesleyan University The Childrens Hatchery: On the Nonhuman Origins of Neonatology While the existence of gestational forms has been the object of centuries-old debate, the cultivation of biomedical knowledge surrounding fetal and infant life is a much more recent phenomenon. What little has been written on the history of neonatology dates its emergence to the successful implementation of premature infant incubators during the 1920s and 1930s, when the extension of viable life was made possible by long-awaited technological innovation. This lecture contextualizes the rise of neonatal specialization in a different manner, through the interlocking disciplines of nineteenth-century evolutionary science, including embryology, comparative anatomy, and paleontology. In doing so, the lecture examines how the category of infancy was shaped by attitudes toward non-human speciation, pre-human morphology, and unclassifiable fossil records influences that have continued to produce ambiguous understandings of infant vitality even into the twenty-first century.