Laura C. Harris Series 2019-2020
Feminism, Health, Justice
Feminists have long been fighting for justice in healthcare and engaging in debates about wellness and health. Healthcare justice remains one of the world’s most pressing challenges, with women, children, and the marginalized often disproportionately affected by restricted access to healthcare. Simultaneously, discourse about mindfulness and wellness increasingly proliferates the mainstream, yet often without the benefit of feminist insight and analysis that draws attention to how race, class, gender, and sexuality inflect what counts as health, what one needs to be mindful of, or what appropriate standards of care are. We must thus ask what feminist conceptions and practices of well-being are. How is wellness a part of liberal arts education? How are healing, health, and wellness part of social and environmental justice projects? How do such movements shape our understanding of wellness, health, and healing? What are critical and feminist approaches to public health and wellness? How do we promote a politics of care that embodies feminist praxis and values in daily life and in our institutions?
Uzaomaka Nwankpa, September 13
Shanna Katz Kattari & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, September 26
Heather Corinna, November 7-8
Nancy Folbre, November 18
Deirdre Cooper Owens, January 27
The late Dr. Laura C. Harris was a pioneer in the medical profession and the embodiment of the Denison ideal. A member of the Class of 1916 (earning the Ph.B., or Bachelor of Philosophy), Dr. Harris was the first woman ever to receive a medical degree from Syracuse University. She also did post-graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania before beginning her medical practice in New York in the 1920s.
A pioneer medical educator among women, she was appointed clinical professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York Medical Center at Syracuse. Her teaching career spanned more than 30 years. In 1951, Dr. Harris was honored with a Denison Alumni Citation and in 1981 with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. She died in 1987 at the age of 93.
The Laura C. Harris Endowment, the result of a major bequest from Dr. Harris’ estate, stands as a tribute to her memory, evidence of her clear commitment to women’s achievement and reinforcement of her belief in the importance of undergraduate education. The objective of the Laura C. Harris Symposium is to enhance and promote the education of young women as students and as professionals and serve to promote the career opportunities and carry on the pioneering spirit of women students at Denison University.
Learn more about the Laura C. Harris Series and the Women's and Gender Studies program at Denison University by visiting the program's webpage.
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