Thursday, June 03, 2010

Hot off the presses!

We are just today in possession of a brand new text highlighting the work of OHSU alumna Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D. (Look, there she is on the cover! Smack dab in the middle! Wearing, as always, a great hat.)

The book, Women and transnational activism in historical perspective, is a collection of essays edited by Oregon's own Kimberly Jensen, PhD, and Erika Kuhlman, PhD, and is issued as volume 14 in the series History of International Relations, Diplomacy, and Intelligence (I'd make a comment here about those three things often being mutually exclusive, but...)

"Transnationalism" in this context is defined as "a school of thought that takes the interconnectivity of people around the globe and the flow of people and ideas across national boundaries as its starting point"; in the Introduction, the editors explain that transnational historians "explore international nongovernmental organizations, immigration and migration, international conflicts, disease and pandemics, theoretical approaches such as feminism, Marxism, and postmodernism, and a host of other aspects of human history that transcend national borders."

Given this context, Esther Pohl Lovejoy seems a natural topic for inclusion--and indeed she is, in Jensen's lucid essay "Feminist transnational activism and international health: the Medical Women's International Association and the American Women's Hospitals, 1919-1948." In fact, the article is a version of Jensen's presentation given during the summer 2008 Portland exhibition of the National Library of Medicine's Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians (program still online here; podcast available here). Lovejoy was a major force behind both the MWIA and the AWH, and Jensen deftly places the work of those two groups into the transnational perspective.

The collection includes nine essays on women and transnational activism, and offers a little something for all readers (women in medicine buffs take note: the final essay is about Martha Eliot, MD):
Mary Clement Leavitt, Japan, and the "transnationationalization" of the World WCTU, 1886-1912 / Elizabeth Dorn Lublin

Counrty by birth, country by marriage: American women's transnational war efforts in Great Britain, 1895-1918 / Dana Cooper

Localizing the global: the YWCA movement in China, 1899-1939 / Elizabeth Littell-Lamb

Black liberation is an international cause: Charlotta Bass's transnational politics, 1914-1952 / Anne Rapp

Liberal and conservative women transnational activists and postwar reconciliation after the Great War / Erika Kuhlman

Feminist transnational activism and international health: the Medical Women's International Association and the American Women's Hospitals, 1919-1948 / Kimberly Jensen

How to "make this Pan American thing go?": interwar debates on U.S. women's activism in the Western Hemisphere / Megan Threlkeld

Creating a transnational identity: the International Federation of University Women confronts racial and religious membership restrictions in the 1930s / Christy Jo Snider

"I knew the kind of work that was done for children": Dr. Martha Eliot and the Origins of UNICEF / Jennifer Morris
This text will be cataloged and made available for checkout from the OHSU collections soon. This copy being almost literally hot off the presses, WorldCat has no additional library holdings yet; the book is available through Amazon.

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