Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens & Dr. Lynn Roberts
New York Academy of Medicine & the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Please register for this online event.
This event looks at the profound health inequities around giving birth, further laid bare by the COVID pandemic. Discussions with experts will include how slavery and the history of reproductive medicine intersect, the impact that medical racism has on Black birthing people from slavery to freedom, engagement in the national reproductive justice movement, and recent efforts to address racial inequities in maternal mortality and morbidity in NYC.
Featured presentations are by historian Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, and public health activist and scholar Dr. Lynn Roberts, co-editor and contributing author of the anthology, Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique. Our moderator will be Chanel L. Porchia Albert, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Ancient Song Doula Services. Singer/songwriter, actress, poet, educator, and writer Lacresha Berry will provide an artistic performance at the start of the event.
This event is part of the Consortium's Perspectives program, which provides discussions with leading scholars, interviews with recent authors, and archival highlights from the exceptional collections of Consortium member institutions. A recording of this event will become part of our ever-growing library of videos, podcasts, and essays on the history of science, technology, and medicine, along with resources for further learning and opportunities to engage in ongoing conversations.
This event is held in partnership with The New York Academy of Medicine, as part of its Race & Health series. The Race & Health series is about envisioning a more just society, examining the big social, economic and systemic issues that keep people of all races from enjoying a healthy life. The series sheds light on the historical legacy of these issues and their modern-day challenges and tries to determine how we can, together, create a more equitable and healthy future for all.