Rive Cadwallader is a senior majoring in Classical Studies and Health and Societies, with a concentration in the History of Medicine. A lifelong Philadelphian, Rive has a deep interest in the city's medical history, as well as its present and future as a healthy and vibrant urban space. Her senior thesis will explore how medicine in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Philadelphia was a part of the neoclassical movement, which at that time defined architecture and politics on a national scale. Rive enjoys her work-study position at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, where she catalogs and writes about modern manuscript collections. Rive is a recipient of the Mayor's Scholarship and the board president of the Mayor's Scholars Program, which seeks to foster community and civic-mindedness among Penn students from Philadelphia.
Penn Humanities Forum Undergraduate Fellow
2017—2018 Forum on Afterlives
Health and Societies
Neoclassical Medicine in the 'Athens of America'
In the post‐Revolutionary period, the United States bloomed with an interest in the classical world, manifested through the arts, sciences and politics. My research will examine the vital and dynamic afterlife that ancient medicine enjoyed in Philadelphia in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I intend to approach this topic through the era’s Federal architecture, which incorporated principles of Hippocratic theory. This interplay will be examined through records of the city’s built environment around 1800 as well as through primary sources that display an integration of the principles of ancient medicine and classical aesthetics in the “Athens of America.”