Museum Mixology: A Toast to History

Dec 10, 2020

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Museum Mixology: A Toast to History

6:00pm EST – 7:15pm EST

Presenter: Dr. Valerie Scoon discusses her documentary “Daring Women Doctors: Physicians in the 19th Century.”


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At this crucial time when women physicians and nurses are contributing significantly to our community’s health, this documentary provides a look at the challenging and illuminating history of 19th century women doctors.

Hidden in American history, all women’s medical schools began to appear in the mid 19th century long before women had the right to vote or own property.  “Daring Women Doctors” highlights the intrepid, pioneering and diverse women who faced hostility and resistance in their pursuit of medical educations.  This documentary examines how these women physicians greatly impacted their communities around the United States and internationally.  It also demonstrates how women doctors exerted a long-lasting influence on the movement towards women’s rights.


About Dr. Scoon:

Currently, Dr. Scoon is a Professor at Florida State University Film School and oversees the script development of graduate and undergraduate thesis films. Over her time there, her students have won ten Student Emmys and six have been selected as Student Oscar Regional Finalists.

As an executive at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Dr. Scoon’s credits include the Golden Globe nominated “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “The Wedding” both starring Halle Berry as well as an adaptation of Beloved by the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Toni Morrison. In addition, Ms. Scoon served as a Studio Executive at Warner Bros. and oversaw such films as “Malcolm X” directed by Spike Lee and the children’s classic “The Secret Garden.”

Other work include being an Associate Director in News and Public Affairs at PBS where she assessed work in progress documentaries for possible national distribution.

In addition, Dr. Scoon has her own film company, True Visions. Most recently, she completed a documentary on the psychological legacy of colonialism in Grenada which has been invited to screen in NY, LA, South Africa and the Caribbean among other festivals and countries.