Join us for a deep dive into the cultural impact of historical remedies for deafness during the Progressive Era. Special guest and historian Jaipreet Virdi will explore the remedies utilized by deaf individuals who sought to regain their sense of hearing. Virdi will explore the profound societal pressures that stigmatized deafness in the pursuit of normalcy.
Jaipreet Virdi is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delaware whose research focuses on the ways medicine and technology impact the lived experiences of disabled people. She is author of Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History (University of Chicago Press, 2020), co-editor of Disability and the Victorians: Attitudes, Legacies, Interventions (Manchester University Press, 2020), and has published articles on diagnostic technologies, audiometry, and the medicalization of deafness.