GREENSBORO, N.C. – Heather Chacón, an assistant professor of English at Greensboro College, has won a $4,000 grant for research on her forthcoming book.
Chacón is receiving $4,000 from the Legacy Center at Drexel University for research in the center’s archives this summer and fall. The research is for her forthcoming book, “Health Movements: Medicine, Empire, and Commerce in 19th Century American Literature and Culture.”
The book examines written texts by known medical doctors, lay healers, and social reformers to show how the rise of a globally-integrated economy in the 19th century and the increasingly global scope of public health concerns that resulted influenced Americans to adopt a more cosmopolitan attitude toward the country’s diverse populations.
The Legacy Center is the repository for the records and heritage of Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and its predecessor institutions. Its holdings include archives and special collections.
In 2018, Chacón also won a $5,000 Curtis Gates Lloyd Research Fellowship, which allowed her to spend July 2018 and July 2019 researching her book at the Lloyd Library in Cincinnati.
The Lloyd Library, founded in the 1870s and once associated with the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, is now a free-standing repository for the greatest collections of historic materials related to botanical and eclectic medicine in the United States.
Its materials, which began as the private collection of pharmacists John Uri Lloyd and Curtis Gates Lloyd, date back several centuries, and their origins span the globe.
Chacón, director of Greensboro College’s first-year composition program, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She joined the faculty in 2015.
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