Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy & Drugs

Edward Kremers
Edward Kremers in 1933

The Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy & Drugs, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy and the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, explores the history of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, drugs, and medicines. The “Kreminar” features authors and scholars discussing their latest research and projects and aims to use history to inform contemporary understandings and debates about pharmacy, drugs and medicines.

Edward Kremers (1864-1941) was the second Director of the University of Wisconsin Department of Pharmacy (later the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy) and a co-founder of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. Throughout his career, he strongly believed in the importance of history and the value of humanistic research in pharmacy and the health sciences. Kremers also encouraged critical thought about drug consumption and control in the United States, encouraging the news media, political leaders, and pharmacy leaders to think about the meanings associated with words like “drug,” “narcotics,” and “medicine.” He opposed prohibitionist impulses and groups, arguing that that restrictive measures would not solve the misuse of certain substances. Kremers also resisted language and policies that placed blame on foreigners for drug addiction or crime.

In the spirit of Edward Kremers, each Kreminar focuses on a specific theme and features weekly presentations that provide crucial historical context about contemporary issues related to drugs and pharmacy.

Dr. Lucas Richert, George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the UW–Madison School of Pharmacy and the AIHP Historical Director, hosts the Seminar.

Current and Upcoming Kreminars

Stay tuned for information about the upcoming 2022 Kreminar.

Past Kreminars

2021 Summer Kreminar: Opiates & Opioids (May 13–June 17)

2020 Summer Kreminar: Cannabis (May 28–June 25)

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AIHP COVID-19 ProjectThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

You can participate in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project either (1) by immediately sharing your thoughts/experiences and/or submitting digital materials or (2) by signifying your to intention to submit materials in the future. Please comply with all applicable local or state stay-at-home orders while self-documenting.

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events of interest to historians of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medicines, science, and related fields. (Event information current when posted. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please double-check the status of all events): 

21-28 August 2022: 23rd International Congress of Historical Sciences, Poznan, Poland.

7-10 September 2022: 45th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Milan, Italy.

15-18 September 2022: 48th Congress of the International Society for the History of Medicine, Iasi, Romania.

18-22 September 2022: 80th FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation) World Congress, Seville, Spain.

15-18 October 2022: American College of Clinical Pharmacy Global Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, San Francisco, California.

10 November 2022: AIHP Annual Members Meeting, Online.


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