"Documenting the History of Women's Reproductive Health: Sterilization and Abortion In and Outside the Archive": lecture by Johanna Schoen

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Room A Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

This presentation will explore the challenges of researching and documenting the history of eugenic sterilization programs and abortion around the country. It will consider options for opening primary source material for public view that states are trying to hide and destroy, while being mindful of HIPPA restrictions and general guidelines of medical ethics.

This event is part of the 2018 Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium, Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice, in which practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will share projects from guerrilla archiving of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence.

Johanna Schoen is a professor of History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick with an affiliation at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. She is the author of Abortion After Roe (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2015), which won the Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine. She works with abortion providers to preserve the history of legal abortion in the United States and to use historical analysis and insights to help preserve access to abortion care. 

The Provost's Global Forum and Obermann Humanities Symposium is co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the Ida Beam Visiting Professorships Program, the Provost’s Global Forum International Programs grant, the UI Center for Human Rights, Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, the UI School of Music, UI Libraries-Special Collections, the UI Department of History, and the UI Department of Cinematic Arts.