Addiction in American History | National Humanities Center

Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

Addiction in American History

American History; Addiction; Social Movements; Health Education

Claire D. Clark (Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and History, University of Kentucky)

February 28, 2019

Drug education has traditionally been delivered by science and health teachers who present scientific research regarding drugs’ physiological effects. This webinar explores the ways in which the humanities can provide essential historical context for understanding addiction as a medical condition and help students and citizens better interpret narratives of addiction and recovery. After presenting an overview of the history of addiction in the United States, we will consider how this framework can inform the way we teach about social movements and works of literature. Join us to discover what the humanities have to offer contemporary conversations about addiction.


Medicine / History / Education Studies / American History / Addiction / Social Movements / Health Education /