History of Medicine Lecture Series – Say Her Name: Resurrecting the Medical Lives of Enslaved Women

Event Date & Time

October 28, 2020 at 6-7 p.m.


Online - Zoom

Event Details:
In this talk, Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens will examine how slavery and the forced reproductive labor of black women helped to facilitate the development of modern American gynecology.

This conversation is part of a series of lectures to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the P.I. Nixon Library.

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About the Speaker(s)

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer, a past American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Research Fellow, and has won a number of prestigious honors for her scholarly and advocacy work in reproductive and birthing justice. A popular public speaker, Dr. Cooper Owens has spoken widely across the U.S. and Europe. She has published articles, essays, book chapters, and think pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences and reproductive justice. Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2017) won the 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history.