BUFFALO, N.Y. -- If you crave facts about addiction, abjection
and the search for love, 60 years of opium smoking in New York City
or ancient Roman dinners featuring magic mushrooms, you're in
These are just a few of the subjects on the program of "The Pub,
the Street and the Medicine Cabinet," the 6th Biennial Meeting of
the Alcohol and Drug History Society, which will take place June
23-26 in partnership with the American Institute for the History of
Pharmacy at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center,
The university is hosting the conference and UB medical
historians will be among the presenters at the conference, which
was made possible by generous support from many quarters at UB,
including the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy (Law School),
the Humanities Institute (College of Arts and Sciences), the
interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Ethics, the Department of
History (College of Arts and Sciences) and the School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences.
A film crew shooting a documentary for the History Channel will
be onsite for the presentations by scholars from around the world
on a wide range of issues involving alcohol, drugs and
pharmaceuticals from the ancient world to the 21st century.
Registration ranges from $120 for general registrants to $50 for
graduate students, with special rates available for community
members. The program and online registration are available at https://sites.google.com/site/pubstreetandmedicinecabinet/.
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David Herzberg, PhD, associate professor of history at UB, says,
"We've got a wonderful crop of papers this year for more than 25
themed panels covering every aspect of this rich history from the
point of view of cultural studies, sociology, law, diplomacy,
medicine and many other fields. Presenters will include both new
and established scholars, with historians joined by physicians,
sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists and others."
The conference will include panels on everything from historical
cycles of temperance reform to the proliferation of opium dens and
grog shops; from drugs and moral panics on the borders of the
British Empire to modern day pharmaceutical cultures and drug wars
in all their permutations. The conference also will also screen and
discuss the PBS documentary film, "The Narcotics Farm: The Rise and
Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts," an examination of
one of America's most ambitious drug treatment institutions, the
Narcotics Farm in Lexington, Ky. It is a film that speaks volumes
about what it meant to be a drug addict in the mid-20th
Herzberg will moderate a panel on popular culture and the drug
wars. Michael Bozarth, PhD, associate professor of psychology at
UB, will address the June 23 plenary session on contemporary
theories of addiction, and co-host the discussion of "The Narcotics
Farm." UB Department of History doctoral student Michael Durfee
will discuss the politics of the 1980s "crack" panic in relation to
Len Bias, the 23-year-old all-American college basketball player
who died of a cocaine overdose in 1986 two days after being
selected by the Boston Celtics in the NBA draft.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.