Susan Armstrong- Reid is the key-note speaker for the forthcoming Colloquium.
Susan is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Guelph, Ontario. In her research she seeks to progressively give voice to and interrogate nursing’s complex and contested contribution to global health and humanitarianism. Her most recent book, China Gadabouts: New Frontiers of Humanitarian Nursing, 1941–51 charts the experiences of western and Chinese nurses volunteering in this conflict.
For the colloquium, her paper focuses on her current research regarding civilian nursing and medical aid in Vietnam, both the Quakers, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and Canadian nurses working for the Canadian International Development Agency under the Columbo Plan. This is the first substantive look at civilian humanitarian nursing during the Vietnam War, reflecting upon the professional and personal ethical challenges presented by the changing humanitarian landscape since 1945.