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Say Her Name: Resurrecting the Medical Lives of Enslaved Women
April 6 @ 7:00 pm
In her talk, historian Deirdre Cooper Owens reveals the United States’ genealogical origins regarding not only modern gynecology but also the history of reproductive medicine. She explains how the institution of American slavery was directly linked to the creation of reproductive medicine in the U.S. Dr. Cooper Owens provides context for how and why physicians denied black women their full humanity, yet valued them as “medical superbodies” highly suited for experimentation. In resurrecting their medical lives, she returns enslaved women as central to the development of reproductive medicine. Dr. Cooper Owens helps to shed light on the contemporary legacy of medical racism.
Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, an award-winning historian and popular public speaker, is the Charles nad Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this position, Dr. Cooper Owens is one of two Black women in the U.S. running a medical humanities program. Dr. Cooper Owens is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution.