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March 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Alum Gives Women’s History Talk at North Texas

Ohio University alum Carolyn Herbst Lewis gives a women’s history month lecture on “Between a Woman and Her Doctor: Prescriptions for Sex and Childbirth in the Twentieth Century” at the University of North Texas in March.

Dr. Carolyn Herbst Lewis

Dr. Carolyn Herbst Lewis

Lewis is assistant professor of history at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IO.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the Honors Tutorial College and a Women’s Studies Certificate, an M.A. in History, and a graduate Contemporary History Certificate from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

“At Grinnell, Lewis teaches courses on American women’s history, sex and sexuality in American history, the history of medicine in the U.S. and Cold War culture. She is currently researching the history of the Chicago Maternity Center and its founder, Joseph Bolivar DeLee, who created the center in 1890s to provide low-income women with medical assistance for home births,” reports UNT News Service.

After her lecture, Lewis will sign copies of her first book, Prescription for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era. In this book, Lewis reveals the connections that physicians made between individual sexual adjustment, family stability and national security during the Cold War, and the historical construction of heteronormativity.

Lewis has taught at Grinnell College since 2013. She was previously a faculty member at Louisiana State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and master’s degree in American history from Ohio University and her doctoral degree in American women’s history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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