Crucial Conversations: Exploring Social Justice: Sleeping with Uncle Sam: Sex Education, Public Health and Social Justice (Updated 8/15)
How have Americans historically understood the battle for good public health and good sex education, in particular? Why have public health initiatives targeted, or not targeted, specific communities? Drawing on her research into the history of the United States Public Health Service and its public education campaigns, Alexandra Lord will explore the intersections between the battle for the public’s health and the battle for social justice.
Alexandra M. Lord is the Chair of the Medicine and Science Division and a curator of the history of medicine. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she was the Branch Chief for the National Historic Landmarks Program of the National Park Service and before that she was a historian for the U.S. Public Service. Before becoming a public historian, she was a professor of the history of science and medicine at Montana State University and the State University of New York, New Paltz. She received her A.B. from Vassar College and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues.