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Dr. Dierdre Cooper Owens on Enslaved Mothers of Gynecology and the Birth of American Gynecology

Enslaved Mothers of Gynecology and the Birth of American Gynecology

Presented by the UT Humanities Center’s Medical Humanities Research Seminar:

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Queens College, CUNY.

Cooper Owens will discuss how the institution of slavery in the United States was linked directly to the creation of gynecology in the young nation. The 19th century provided an important moment in American history when black women’s lives mattered most in the creation of wealth production for the United States.

Deirdre Cooper Owens is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY in Queens, New York and an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer.  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 founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731.  Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology(UGA Press, 2017) won the 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the OAH as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history.

 Monday, November 12 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

 John C Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN