Ekene Ijeoma’s Black Mobility and Safety in the US course this fall will include a series of public guest lectures around living while Black. Tune in for the next event, featuring Professor Deirdre Cooper Owens, on September 22 at 2pm.
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 Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer. Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (UGA Press, 2017), offers insights into the history of birthing while Black in America and connects medical procedures that were developed during slavery with contemporary racialized healthcare practices. Professor 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. Professor Cooper Owens is a graduate of two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the all-women's Bennett College and Clark Atlanta University. She earned her PhD in history at University of California, Los Angeles, and has served as an American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Fellow.