Friday, April 20, 2007

Lecture TODAY: Esther Pohl Lovejoy, Oregon's Doctor to the World

A reminder and invitation to all in the Portland vicinity:

Today at noon in the Old Library Auditorium on the Marquam Hill campus of OHSU, Professor Kimberly Jensen will be delivering the History of Medicine Society Lecture on "Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., 1869-1967: Oregon's Doctor to the World."

Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy (1869-1967) was a graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School Class of 1894. She was a public health pioneer, suffrage activist, congressional candidate, and organizer and director of international networks among women physicians to provide global medical relief. She developed a vision for “international health” as director of the American Women’s Hospitals, a forerunner of medical relief groups such as Doctors Without Borders.

Professor Jensen is the author numerous articles, including “Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., the First World War, and a Feminist Critique of Wartime Violence” in Alison Fell and Ingrid Sharp, eds., The Women’s Movement in Wartime: International Perspectives 1914-1919 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Her monograph, Mobilizing Minerva: American Women and the First World War, is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press. Her current project is a scholarly biography of Esther Pohl Lovejoy.

Jensen received her doctorate in women’s history from the University of Iowa in 1992. She is currently Professor in the Department of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University.

The lecture will be videotaped; the streamed video will be available on the Historical Collections & Archives website shortly after the talk.

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