Goodstein Lecture “When Abortion Was a Crime: The American Past, and Present?”

  • on 28 Mar 2013
  • Gailor Auditorium

Leslie Reagan, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will give the 2013 Goodstein Lecture in Women’s History, “When Abortion Was a Crime: The American Past, and Present?”

Leslie J. Reagan is professor of history, medicine, gender and women’s studies, and law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America and When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867–1973, which won the Law and Society Association’s James Willard Hurst Prize and the Social Science History Association’s President’s Book Award. Her current research focuses on Agent Orange, film, and activism in the United States and Vietnam; thalidomide, gender, and the media; the intersections between law and medicine; and the social and legal issues relating to breast cancer and public health.

The Anita S. Goodstein Lectureship in Women's History was created in 1998 in recognition of Dr. Goodstein's significant contributions as a professor, colleague, and friend. Dr. Goodstein and her family were members of the Sewanee community for more than 40 years. She began teaching as a history professor in the mid-1960s and continued until her retirement in 1992, introducing courses such as American Intellectual and Social History, and Women in American History. She made substantial contributions in documenting women's history in Tennessee and was a leading organizer of Tennessee's 75th celebration of women's suffrage.