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To understand the debasement (and empowerment) of women in the US today, we must know our often-shocking history. This book tells the little-known story of the American Plan, one of the largest and longest-lasting mass quarantines in American history, told through the lens of one young woman's story.
The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, Surveillance, and the Decades-Long Government Plan to Imprison "Promiscuous" Women starts in 1918 when Nina McCall was told to report to the local health officer for an STI examination. Confused and humiliated, McCall did as she was told, and was quickly diagnosed with gonorrhea. Despite her insistence that she could not have an STI, she was coerced into committing herself to the Bay City Detension Hospital -- a facility she would spend three months subjected to humiliation, exploitation, and painful injections of mercury. Under the "American Plan," the government imprisoned hundreds of thousands of women and girls suspected of being prostitutes or simply "promiscuous." The program lasted from the 1910s into the 1950s, vestiges lingered into the 1960s and 1970s, and the laws that undergirded it remain on the books today. Incarcerated women rioted, fought back against their oppressors, or burned their detension facilities to the ground; they jumped out of windows or leapt from moving trains or scaled barbed-wire fences in order to escape. And as Nina McCall did, they sued their captors.
Sponsored by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Made Local, and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures
Magee-Womens Research Day 2018
R. Alta Charo, JD
University of Wisconsin Law School
Sponsored by Hiram College's Center for Literature and Medicine.
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Health humanities teaching is inherently diverse—in its disciplinary approaches, materials, subjects, theories and settings. This three-day seminar brings together health humanities educators for interactive sample classes, lightning talks, poster sessions, and small-group discussions. Participants will leave with innovative skills and new materials to adapt to their own teaching. Set amid Hiram’s peaceful campus in Northeast Ohio, this seminar will bring health humanities educators into an intimate setting of exchange and participatory learning with colleagues.