Upcoming Speaking Engagement

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Branch Meeting

Palm Desert

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When: Saturday, February 11, 11:30AM

Where: Marriott Shadow Ridge, Palm Desert, CA

Guest speaker Andrea Milne is a twentieth century U.S. historian whose work sits at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and medicine. Her primary focus is the history of HIV/AIDS; Milne’s dissertation looks at the nurses who formed the first AIDS ward in the United States. She’s also written on activism performed by women interned at the Carville National Leprosarium in the 1940s 50s, and 60s. A Senior Pedagogical Fellow at UC Irvine’s Center for Engaged Instruction, Milne is passionate about teaching, and mentors aspiring academics and instructors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. When she is not doing academic work, Milne works as the Research Assistant for Nate DiMeo’s Peabody Award-nominated history podcast, The Memory Palace. She also writes for several history blogs, and maintains a personal blog on her website, www.andreamilne.com.

 

Upcoming Workshop

Course Design Certificate Program

UC Irvine Center for Engaged Instruction

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Facilitator: Andrea Milne, Senior Pedagogical Fellow

When: November 10, November 17, and December 1, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on each day

Where: UC Irvine, AIRB 1030

–PLEASE NOTE: COURSE IS CURRENTLY FULL–

This certificate program covers the foundations of successful course design. Participants will practice “backwards, integrated course design” by establishing goals for student learning and aligning assignments and assessments with these goals. Participants will leave this program with a certificate in course design, a syllabus for a course they may teach in the future, and strategies for teaching that course. Participation in all (3) sessions, plus the completion of a syllabus are required to attain the certificate.

Intended for graduate students and postdocs, but open to all instructors.

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

“Feminism in Contemporary Culture” presented by the Feminists of UCI

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When: Tuesday, May 24 6-8 PM (followed by dinner)

Where: UC Irvine, Steinhaus Hall 134

Twitter Hashtags: #UCIFeminists #SocialJusticeIsNotCancer #FeminismIsNotCancer #CancerIsCancer

Milo Yiannopoulos (known for his inglorious work with Breibart and Gamergate) is coming to the UC Irvine campus to give a talk in which he posits that feminism and social justice are “cancer.” The UCI Feminist Illuminati is a grassroots response to the sexism, racism, and homophobia that this event represents. This evening of talks by UCI graduate students and faculty will celebrate contemporary queer and feminist activism at and beyond our campus. When we’re done smashing the patriarchy with our formidable collective intellect, we’ll have pizza!

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“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.

Upcoming Panel Presentation: WAWH 2016

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Professionalization Mentoring That Students Need, & What Faculty Need to Know

When: Friday, May 13 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Where: Majestic Ballroom

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.

Upcoming Panel Presentation: AAHM 2016

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“Community Care, Reagan-Era Altruism, and the United States’ First AIDS Ward”

When: Saturday, April 30 @ 3:30 PM

Where: Ballroom 4, Minneapolis Marriot Center City

The talk I will be giving at AAHM 2016 is derived from the second chapter of my dissertation, “A Caring Disease”: Nursing and Patient Advocacy on the United States’ First AIDS Ward, 1983-1985. 

As the AIDS crisis unfolded in the early 1980’s, San Francisco General Hospital—which housed 5B, the country’s first AIDS Ward—became a de facto extension of the city’s gay community. While the influx of gay patients and visitors made some SFGH staff members uncomfortable, 5B’s founder recognized that developing this relationship would only improve the quality of his patients’ experience on the unit. He sought out the support of individuals and organizations operating outside the purview of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and, in many cases, outside the medical establishment completely. The integration of “non-experts” and community-based groups onto the ward destabilized the structures of knowledge and authority on which the nursing profession was (and is) built, but also significantly improved the quality of patient care, saving 5B a tremendous amount in operating costs.

Using the ward’s official records, oral histories, and local and national media coverage, this presentation highlights three different ways the nursing staff integrated “the outside world” onto the ward: the 5B volunteer program, The Shanti Project, and Rita Rocket’s Brunch Bunch. I demonstrate that the nurses’ use of (largely) unpaid labor was one of three major internal contradictions that characterized the unit. Second, because they were politically motivated, these volunteer efforts were dependent on the demographic composition of the ward. Most volunteers worked on 5B as a show of support for the queer community—and disappeared over time, as the patient population became less white, less gay, and less male. Finally, I demonstrate that, while intended as a repudiation of an uncaring federal government, the radical volunteerism that structured ward 5B unintentionally lent support to a community care model being advanced by its political opponents: at this same time, the Reagan administration was calling for altruism to take the place of government services. The tensions and inconsistencies between 5B’s politics and praxis demonstrate that the shared ideology of the nurses who built the country’s first AIDS ward, if crucial to building the ward into a vibrant community space, also made it a space of curious exclusions.

KEY WORDS: AIDS, Community, Nursing

CME LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Promote tolerance for ambiguity of theories, the nature of evidence, and the evaluation of appropriate patient care, research, and education
  • Recognize the dynamic interrelationship between medicine and society through history
  • Acquire a historically nuanced understanding of the organization of the U.S. healthcare system, and of other national health care systems

“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.

Episode 87 (Victory)

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The newest episode of The Memory Palace is out, and it’s a great way to start baseball season! 

I actually didn’t provide research assistance for this episode. I’ve been doing archival work in anticipation of Radiotopia Live, which you can still get tickets for here. While I did not contribute to its creation, I feel a strong personal and intellectual connection to this episode’s subject matter. Yes, it’s a baseball story, but it’s also a story about our culture’s uncomfortable relationship with the concept of neurodiversity. If that pairing isn’t enough to pique youre interest, you might need to call your doctor.

I hope you enjoy listening to Episode 87: Victory half as much as I did!

“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

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“Writing Body Politics: the FDA, the Blood Industry, and the Legacy of AIDS”

When: Friday, April 15, 5:00-7:00 PM

Where: Soka University, Pauling 216

Tremendous thanks to the SUA Writing Center for reaching out to me, and for sponsoring this talk. I’m so excited to meet Soka’s students! If you are interested in attending, please let me know. Soka is a closed campus, but I’ll make sure you get in!

“The Six Million Dollar Scholar” is the personal blog of Andrea Milne, a Ph.D. candidate in modern U.S. History at the University of California, Irvine. To get the story behind the blog’s name, click here.