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Warren A. Sawyer Lecture

The Warren A. Sawyer Lecture is named in memory of Warren Sawyer who served as Director of Libraries at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1968 until his death in November 1989. Mr. Sawyer was born in Bay Shore, New York, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and earned his MS in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He contributed to local and national functions in roles as diverse as Secretary to the University Faculty and member of the Biomedical Library Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine. Mr. Sawyer was a long-time member of the Waring Library Society of which he served as president.

The 2019 Sawyer Lecture will be held Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:15pm in MUSC's Drug Discovery Building Auditorium at 70 President Street, and a reception will follow in the Porcher Medicinal Garden on the MUSC Campus. Dr. Victoria Johnson, Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), will present this year's lecture, featuring her new book, American Eden. American Eden unearths the pharmacological and medical contributions of 19th-century physician and botanist, Dr. David Hosack. Johnson will explore Hosack’s creation of the nation’s first botanical garden, used to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists and to conduct some of the first pharmacological research in the United States. Registration is recommended for this event. Visit the Waring's blog for more details and the Upcoming Events calendar for a look at events on the horizon.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at 843.792.2288 or


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