This academic year was an excellent year for Dr. Jeanne Abrams, Professor of Jewish History & Director of RMJHS and Beck Archives. Dr. Abrams was named the 2015 University of Denver Lecturer for "superlative scholarly and creative research." The award is presented to only one faculty member each year for the last 60 years. She also presented the University Lecture in April on "Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health" and was featured at a gala dinner in her honor after the presentation.
In April, Dr. Abrams signed a contract with New York University Press for her upcoming book "First Ladies of the Republic: How Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison Helped Shape the American Nation."
In April, her chapter on the story of Hannah and Jack Levy and Fashion Bar was published in the German Historical Institute's online 5 volume book project, "German Immigrant Entrepreneurship in America." Last September, she published an essay chapter on Isaias Hellman, the California German Jewish immigrant founder of Wells Fargo, in the same book project, but a different volume.
Dr. Abrams' chapter "Chasing the Cure on Both Sides of the Border: Jewish TB Sanatoriums in Denver and Montreal," was accepted for publication last fall and will be published in an edited book titled "Neither in Dark Speeches Nor in Similitudes: Visions of Jewishness in Canada and the United States" by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2016.
Besides the University Lecture, a couple of highlight for speaking presentations were the keynote address for the Colorado Conference of Medical Librarians on "Medicine in the Era of America's Founders" last September and the featured talk at the Lakewood, Colorado Heritage Center Historical Luncheon on the topic of "Chasing the Cure in Colorado: The JCRS TB Sanatorium." She was also featured twice on Colorado Matters on CPR this past year; once to talk about the history of tuberculosis treatment in Colorado for a segment they did on TB and a repeat of her interview on Revolutionary Medicine, which they featured as one of their top historical interview segments of the past.
Please join us in celebrating this stellar year!