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Nurses Week Program: Mapping Care: “The Black Nurses in Chicago Project”

May 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for Mapping Care: “The Black Nurses in Chicago Project” with Karen Flynn

1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610

5:00 – 7:30 PM CST

Doors open at 5:00 pm

Meet & greet with light refreshments 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The program begins at 5:30 pm

The museum is open until 7:30 pm

Join us for this special Nurses Week program in collaboration with the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Chapter #317 & Hektoen Nurse and Humanities.

Special guest speaker Karen Flynn presents Mapping Care: “The Black Nurses in Chicago Project.”

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase with an author signing opportunity.


The Mapping Care project is a publicly accessible, Black-centered history of nursing in Chicago. The project includes an exhibit and website that highlight the stories of several Black nurses who are trusted and respected leaders in the Black community.


Karen Flynn is the Terrance & Karyn Holm Endowed Professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Nursing and director of the Midwest Nursing History Research Center. Her research lies at the intersection of Black feminist and diaspora studies, health and care work, nursing history, and transnational mobilities with keen attention to race, gender, and equity. Her award-winning book Moving Beyond Borders: Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the African Canadian Diaspora (University of Toronto, 2011) is the first book-length manuscript that examines the experiences of Black Canadian and Caribbean nurses and the transnational formation of the occupation. 

Flynn is in the process of completing a second book project tentatively titled The Black Pacific: The African Diaspora in East Asia that maps the travel itineraries of young Black English as Foreign Language teachers across borders, which will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

As a scholar, teacher, and public intellectual, Dr. Flynn strives to ensure that her public scholarship is accessible, available, and translatable to broader audiences. She is currently working on several projects, including the histories of Black Canadian midwives and the gendered and racialized impact of COVID-19.


For parking and directions, please visit: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/

Elevator and wheelchair-accessible entrances are available.

Sponsored by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) Chapter #317 & Hektoen Nurse and Humanities


International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610 United States


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