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Conferences Archive (1997-1998)

University of Illinois at Chicago, The Institute for the Humanities, The Medical Humanities Program, Department of Medical Education, The Center for Research on Women and Gender, and the Women’s Studies Program present a conference

Gender, Health, and History

April 24-25, 1998


Molecular Biology Research Building, First Floor Auditorium
900 South Ashland

9:00 am Dedication of the Dr. Robert Herman Auditorium

9:30 Welcoming Remarks

Elizabeth Hoffman, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Graduate School of Arts and Science
University of Illinois at Chicago

Suzanne Poirier, Department of Medical Education
University of Illinois at Chicago

9:45-11:45 The Politics of Health
Moderator: Lisa Frohmann, Department of Criminal Justice
University of Illinois at Chicago

Frances E. Dolan, Miami University
“From Renaissance England to Tina Turner: Changing the Story of Domestic Violence”

Carole Warshaw, Cook County Hospital, Chicago
“Domestic Violence: Changing Theory, Changing Practice”

Rebecca J. Tannenbaum, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Called to Court: Midwives as Authorities and Advocates for Women in Seventeenth-Century New England”

Leslie J. Reagan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Crossing the Border: Abortion Activists and Mexican Clinics in the 1960s”

1:30-3:30 Ethics and the Medical Construction of Women
Moderator: Richard Derman, College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

Helen Bequaert Holmes, Center for Genetics, Ethics and Women, Amherst, MA
“Gendered Effects and Women’s Roles in Contemporary Genetics”

Lori B. Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law
“Gender and Genetics: How Genetic Services Disproportionably Disadvantage Women”

Michelle Oberman, DePaul University
“Coming to Terms with Modern American Infanticide”

7:00 Keynote Address

Nawal El Saadawi, Cairo, Egypt
“The Class Patriarchal System and Women’s Health”


509-510 Chicago Circle Center
750 South Halsted Street

9:30 Welcome

Mary Beth Rose, Department of English and Director, Institute for the Humanities
University of Illinois at Chicago

9:45-11:45 Disease and Signification
Moderator: Katrin Schultheiss, Women’s Studies Program and Department of History
University of Illinois at Chicago

David Nirenberg, Rice University
“The Gender of Poison”

Judith Walzer Leavitt, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Gendered Public Health: The Story of Mary Mallon and Jennie Barmore”

Barbara F. Sharf
University of Illinois at Chicago
“Constructing Breast Cancer in the Popular Press: A Look Back”

Lawrence Cohen
University of California, Berkeley
“The Traffic in Kidneys: Dowry, Transplant Organs, and the Recommodification of the Body in India ”

1:30-3:30 Gendering Bodies
Moderator: Judith Kegan Gardiner, Department of English and Women’s Studies Program
University of Illinois at Chicago

Valerie J. Traub, University of Michigan
“Early Modern Medicine and Female Eroticism”

James Shapiro, Columbia University
“Circumcision, Uncircumcision, and the Boundaries of Identity in Early Modern England ”

Ellen Gruenbaum, California State University, Fresno
“Women’s Human Rights and Cultural Self-Determination in the Female Circumcision Controversy in Sudan : An Anthropologist’s Perspective”

Timothy F. Murphy, University of Illinois at Chicago
“The Case of John/Joan: The Medical Construction of Gender”

University of Illinois at Chicago Conference Organizing Committee
Mary Beth Rose and Linda Vavra, Institute for the Humanities
Timothy F. Murphy and Suzanne Poirier, Medical Humanities Program
Sylvia Vatuk, Center for Research on Women and Gender, Department of Anthropology
Peggy McCracken, Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese
Margaret Strobel, Women’s Studies Program