The New York Academy of Medicine Library hosts programming in medicine, history, and the humanities, sponsored by its Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health.

Download the 2016 programming catalog for more details. To register, click the names of the events in the catalog, or visit our events page.

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2016 Event Series

ChangemakersFast, Cool & Convenient: Meeting New Yorkers’ High Demands
There are hidden environmental costs to running the ‘city that never sleeps.’ New Yorkers prize a fast, cool, and convenient lifestyle, often to the detriment of their health and the planet’s. The hidden costs of this lifestyle lie in areas such as cooling, transportation, and packaging, each of which we will focus on in this series in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York.

ChangemakersChangemakers: Activism and Advocacy for Health
What does it take to produce change? Changemakers—those who have questioned the status quo, challenged the establishment, and turned pre-conceptions on their head—have profoundly shaped the landscape of health and medicine. From hospitals to the White House to the streets, they have produced fundamental societal and cultural change through their promotion of equity and access in health and health care—a story in which the work of the Academy is deeply intertwined. 

History of Medicine and HealthHistory of Medicine and Health
Our annual History of Medicine series invites esteemed historians and authors to share their expertise on a wide range of engaging topics. These free public lectures offer historical perspectives on issues in medicine, health, and culture around the world.

Friends of the Rare Book RoomFriends of the Rare Book Room
The Annual Friends of the Rare Book Room Lecture is free and open to the public, followed by a private reception for all Friends. Friends also enjoy access to private post-event receptions and additional exclusive events and benefits. Find out more about Friends events and join at

Atlas Obscura"After Hours" With Atlas Obscura
“After Hours: Inside the Rare Book Collection of The New York Academy of Medicine” is a six-part series presented in collaboration with the Brooklyn-based Atlas Obscura. The series will offer evenings dedicated to exploring unique aspects of our rare book collections. 

Workshops and Reading GroupsWorkshops and Reading Groups
Go deeper on select topics ranging from cookery and food, aging and literature, to art and anatomy, collaborating closely with our instructors in interactive readings groups, art demonstrations, and workshops.