'Our Bodies, Ourselves' Author to Speak on March 30

March 22, 2010 — Susan Wells, co-author of the landmark women's health book, "Our Bodies, Ourselves" and an English professor at Temple University, will speak at the University of Virginia on March 30 at 11 a.m. in the Harrison-Small Special Collections Library Auditorium. Her talk will focus on new challenges of providing women's health resources in the 21st century.

Preregistration is required; register online here: medicalrhetorichealthadvocacy.questionpro.com.

In 1969, a group of women met at a workshop in Cambridge, Mass., and talked about their difficult experiences with their doctors. They formed the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and a year later published "Our Bodies, Ourselves," a manual that eventually sold more than 4 million copies. The book has been translated or adapted into 18 languages.

Two U.Va. participants will discuss the topic with Wells: Gertrude Fraser, vice provost for faculty recruitment and retention and associate professor of anthropology, and Dr. William Steers, the Hovey Dabney Professor of Urology and chairman of the urology department.

The event, sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, also includes lunch, free with registration.