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Women and Health Lectures
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Save the Date: The 23rd Women & Health lecture will be held on September 12, 2013, featuring Natasha Trethewey, the United States Poet Laureate for 2012.
On October 11, 2012, Tess Gerritsen delivered the 22nd Women & Health Lecture at the Witherspoon Concert Hall at the Joslyn Art Museum.
On October 6, 2011, Rebecca Skloot delivered the 21st Women & Health Lecture at the Witherspoon Concert Hall at the Joslyn Art Museum.
2010 Women and Health Lecture Update:
We regret to inform you that, because of financial considerations, this year, the Center for Health Policy and Ethics will not host its annual Women and Health Lecture. Please be aware, however, that this is only a brief hiatus in the schedule of this important community event and the lecture will return with the high quality of speakers we’ve had in the past. Thank you for your past and anticipated future support.
On October 7, 2009, Barbara Delinsky delivered the 20th Annual Women & Health Lecture at the Witherspoon Concert Hall at the Joslyn Art Museum.
On September 17, 2008, the Witherspoon Concert Hall at the Joslyn Art Museum was filled to capacity to hear Jeannette Walls deliver the 19th Annual Women & Health Lecture. She engaged the audience in a lecture titled, “The Glass Castle: Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons,” for which she received a standing ovation.
Thank you for joining us at the 18th Annual Women & Health Lecture which was held Tuesday, November 13 at the Joslyn Art Museum featuring author, Ann Hood. Ms. Hood’s lecture focused on grief and healing as depicted in her critically acclaimed most recent novel, The Knitting Circle (2007).
Thank you for joining us at this year's 17th Annual Women and Health Lecture, which was held Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha's Botanical Center featuring novelist Jodi Picoult who discussed her novel My Sister's Keeper.
The 16th Annual Women and Health Lecture was held Wednesday, September 14, and featured novelist Elizabeth Berg who discussed "Literature as Medicine" as her topic.
History of the Women and Health Lectures
In 1989, Dr. Katherine H. Brown was an Assistant Director for Health Policy at Center for Health Policy and Ethics and an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. As a medical anthropologist, one of her special interests included minority and women’s health issues. Her research and publications focused on socio-cultural analyses of health problems and health care delivery systems. Based on these interests, Dr. Brown suggested to CHPE's then Director, Dr. Charles Doughtery, the initiation of a women and health lecture. Dr. Brown's proposal was accepted and the first lecture was presented by Dr. Margaret MacKenzie, Assistant Professor of Humanities & Science, California College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco, CA) on Monday, November 20, 1989 in the Creighton University Student Center Ballroom. Her lecture was “Our Bodies, Ourselves” was well received by the Creighton Community and a tradition was born.
Beginning in 1995, Dr. Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch assumed the role of director for the Women and Health Lecture. Under Dr. Pinch's leadership the lecture became institutionalized as part of CHPE's programming and service projects. Thus far, Women and Health Lectures have included sociologists, politicians, advocates, lawyers, philosophers, judges, theologians, nurses, psychologists, physicians and novelists. Additionally, because of grants from the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Center for Health Policy and Ethics has been able to keep the lecture free and open to the public.
During the 2004-2005 academic year, Dr. Amy Haddad suggested that we consider
inviting, as lecturers, women novelists whose work addresses health care issues
and includes an ethical dimension. Our first lecturer in this venue was Ms.
Elizabeth Berg, and she developed an insightful lecture on “Literature as
Medicine.” She created a wonderful presentation which combined health and ethics
related to examples from a number of her novels. A more detailed report for this
lecture can be found at the CHPE web site under Focus Newsletter in the Fall
2005 issue. Other reviews of earlier Women and Health Lectures can also be read
in past issues of Focus, CHPE’s newsletter.
Past Women and Health Lectures
Marion Field Fass, Sc.D.
“Deciphering the AIDS Epidemic”
Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch, EdD
“When the Bough Broke: Continuing the Journey With Parents of High-risk Newborns”
Steven R. Sabat, PhD
“In Praise of Enduring Relationships with People with Alzheimer’s Disease”
Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM
“Women and Spiritual Health”
The Honorable Patricia A. Lamberty
“Domestic Violence in Omaha: Cause and Effect and Impact on Our System”
Senator Deborah Suttle
“Women’s Health: Beyond Reproduction”
S. Kay Toombs, PhD
“Where Would SHE Like to Sit? The Personal and Societal Challenges of Chronic Illness and Disability”
Jean deBlois, CSJ, RN, PhD
“Moral Discernment and Clinical Decisions: Does Gender Make A Difference?”
Karen Rothenberg, JD, MPA
“Predictive Genetic Testing and Breast Cancer: Ethical, Legal and Social Challenges”
Susan Sherwin, PhD
“Exploring the Ethical Dimensions of Women’s Role in Medical Research”
“Empowerment Through Wellness: Health Issues of Black American Women”
“The World Turned Upside Down: The Changing Impact of Women on the American Health Care System”
Sharon C. Wilsnack, PhD
“New Knowledge About Problem Drinking in Women”
“The Politics of Women’s Health: Creating Change for a Healthier America”
Margaret MacKenzie, PhD
“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Eating Disorders and Body Image from a Cultural Perspective”