Why History Matters: Understanding America's Health Inequities - Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens


Location: Eck Auditorium & Atrium

Deirdre Cooper Owens Talk Flyer


"Why History Matters: Understanding America's Health Inequities" by Deirdre Cooper Owens. The talk will occur on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:45pm in Eck Visitors Center Auditorium, and streamed online on Zoom. Virtual attendees may register at bit.ly/NDCooperOwens

Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska. In this position, Dr. Cooper Owens is one of two Black women in the U.S. running a medical humanities program. 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 Organization of American Historians (OAH) as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history. Cooper Owens is an OAH Distinguished Lecturer and is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution. Currently, she is working on a second book project that examines mental illness during the era of United States slavery and is also writing a popular biography of Harriet Tubman that examines her through the lens of disability. As one of the country's most "acclaimed experts in U.S. history," according to Time Magazine, Cooper Owens is steadily working towards making history more accessible and inspiring for all. This talk is part of the Reilly Center Undergraduate Symposium and is co-sponsored by the departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, Gender Studies, and History, the Initiative on Race and Resilience, and program in Health, Humanities, and Society.


Reilly Symposium Portrait Poster

This event is a recognition and culmination of the work of undergraduates affiliated with the Reilly Center, including the Health, Humanities, and Society and Science, Technology, and Values minors, as well as graduates of the Dual Degree Program in Arts & Letters/Engineering.End of year event for HHS, Dual Degree, and STV capstone students.

This catered event will include:

  • Poster presentations by undergraduate students in the HHS and STV programs 
  • Presentations by capstone students 
  • A moderated panel discussion with Notre Dame alumni 
  • An awards ceremony for undergraduate excellence

Keynote speaker Dr. Deirdre Cooper-Owens, author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine, and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (6-6:45 pm).


Originally published at reilly.nd.edu.