Talk by Susan Reverby "Escaping Melodramas: Thinking about the Infamous U.S. STD Studies in Tuskegee and Guatemala"

Oct 24th, 7:00-8:30pm: University Hall 1000
Moderator: Carla Bittel, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of History


Susan M. Reverby is the Marion Butler Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is an historian of American women, medicine, nursing and public health. Her prize winning books include Ordered to Care: the Dilemma of American Nursing and Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and its Legacy. Her research on an immoral government medical study in Guatemala from 1946-48, where men and women were given sexually transmitted diseases, led to a U.S. government apology, a major report from the President's Bioethical Issues Commission in the US and another from the government of Guatemala, and world-wide media attention. This research was published in the Journal of Policy History in January 2011.

A reception graciously hosted by the LMU Department of History will follow Dr. Reverby's talk.

Click on the image below to watch a recording of Dr. Reverby's presentation from Oct 24th.