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The Department of History's 6th Annual Black History Month Lecture

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Why Black History Matters in American Medicine

Join us in welcoming Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. AST via Teams Live

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 and awards for her scholarly and advocacy work in reproductive and birthing justice.

Most recently, the University of Virginia’s Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry selected Dr. Cooper Owens as the 2022 Agnes Dillon Randolph Award Winner for her scholarly work. A popular public speaker, Dr. Cooper Owens has spoken domestically and internationally. She has published articles, essays, book chapters, and think pieces on a number of issues that concern African American historical experiences and reproductive justice.

Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology won a Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history. It has just been translated into Korean.