URI Women Studies lecture slated for Feb. 5

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Women ‘Generally Didn’t Survive’: Misremembering the History of Childbirth

KINGSTON, R.I. –January 22, 2008 — Kim Hensley Owens, an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island with joint appointments in the College Writing Program and Women’s Studies Department, will be the first speaker in URI’s annual Dana Shugar Colloquium.

Her talk, “Women ‘Generally Didn’t Survive’: Misremembering the History of Childbirth,” is free and open to the public. The talk will be held Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Galanti Lounge, URI Library, 15 Lippitt Road, Kingston campus.

Originally from Arizona, Hensley Owens earned her doctorate degree from the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her recent research centers around the rhetoric of science and medicine, with a particular emphasis on childbirth. She explores how different forms of writing – medical and popular, public and private, online and off – inform, delimit, and respond to women’s birthing choices and experiences.

The Dana Shugar Colloquium is presented by URI’s Women’s Studies Program. For more information call 874-5150.