5th Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History Conference

March 18-19, 2022


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Keynote by Historian Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD

Keynote by Historian Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD

Recipient of the Agnes Dillon Randolph Award

"Black Patients as Healers and the Double Bind in Medical Racism"

Friday, March 18, 2022

1 p.m.

Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD, 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. Dr. 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.

She has published essays, book chapters, and blog pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences. Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (UGA Press, 2017) won the 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians as the best book written in African American women's and gender history. She is now working on a second book project that examines mental illness during the era of United States slavery and is also writing a popular biography of Harriet Tubman that examines her through the lens of disability.

The 2022 Randolph Award recognizes Dr. Cooper Owens's outstanding scholarship documenting the experiences of Black enslaved women as nurses, surgical assistants, and healers.