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Birthing Reproductive Justice Exhibit is Online!


Did you happen to miss this Birthing Reproductive Justice exhibit that was housed in the Hatcher Graduate Library? Well, you’re in luck! The exhibit is available to view online here.

Reproductive Justice — the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent children in healthy and safe environments — is a movement and perspective that arose in the 1990s as a broader alternative to reproductive rights advocacy focused on limited debates around abortion and pro-life/pro-choice issues. Articulated and led by women of color with a more encompassing social vision, reproductive justice usually incorporates both a framework of human rights and an awareness of the intersectionality of women’s identities and struggles against sexism, racism, homophobia, and economic marginalization.

This exhibit provides a visual narrative of the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. Given that women’s lives have never been reducible to one dimension of their reproductive health, this exhibit traces a longer history of reproductive justice, illustrating many experiences, debates, and policies related to pregnancy, birth, contraception, and raising children. Birthing Reproductive Justice also explores the question of who has produced and controlled knowledge about women’s reproductive health and decisions.

This exhibit showcases materials from the rich and extensive holdings at the Bentley Historical Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections, Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the Law Library. Produced and curated by an inter-campus exhibit team, Birthing Reproductive Justice illustrates the stakes — of physical health, mental health, human dignity, and community empowerment — associated with reproductive justice and suggests that research and advocacy can work together.

Check out this fantastic exhibit online today and learn more about the history of reproductive justice!

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Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries


The Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine Exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is coming to Taubman Health Sciences Library from July 22, 2013 to August 31, 2013!

With a nation divided, the American Civil War was a war to preserve the Union. For African Americans, it was a fight for freedom and a chance for full participation in American society. As all Americans sought ways to participate and contribute to the war effort for the Union, African Americans moved beyond the prejudices they faced to serve as soldiers, nurses, surgeons, laundresses, cooks, and laborers. Their participation challenged the prescribed notions of both race and gender and pushed the boundaries of the role of blacks in America.

This Illustration of an African American man assisting a medical officer on the battlefield, Harper's Weekly, August 20, 1864 Courtesy Harper's Weekly is just one of many interesting images from the exhibit.

 Illustration of an African American man assisting a medical officer on the battlefield, Harper’s Weekly, August 20, 1864 Courtesy Harper’s Weekly

Check out the exhibit online for some cool activities and further educational resources.

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Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas


From April 15th to June 10th, the Hatcher Graduate Library North Display cases will house an exhibit which provides a historical context for the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. Given that women’s lives have never been reducible to one dimension of their reproductive health, this exhibit traces a longer history of reproductive justice, illustrating many facets of experiences, debates, and policies related to pregnancy, birth, birth control, and raising children.

The exhibit is held in conjunction with the conference, Reproductive Justice: Advocates, Academics, Activists in Ann Arbor, a Michigan Meeting.The exhibit has materials from the following collections: Bentley Historical Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections, Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Law Library.

Make sure not to miss a panel discussion  about this wonderful exhibit on May 29th, 2013 from 4:30-6 PM.

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DNA and Race: Hands on Demos

Looking for a fun, educational activity this weekend?

Image from The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Image from The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History has just the thing!

Come check out a free hands-on demo which explores the relationship between DNA and the idea of race at 11 AM or 3PM this Saturday! Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA, tells our cells how to build the proteins and tissues that make our bodies. Exploring the details of this chemical code, scientists gain insight into how organisms function and how they are related to one another. In this demonstration, you’ll find out:

  • Does DNA determine skin color?
  • What’s the relationship between skin color and what we think of as race?
  • Are there any biological or genetic markers that define race?

This 20-30 minute interactive program takes place on the 2nd floor of the U-M Museum of Natural History. Kids (ages 5 and up) and adults are both welcome! Make sure to check out the other cool exhibits the Museum has, including Race: Are We So Different? and dinosaur tours!

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A Voyage to Health: An Exhibition About the Revival of Native Hawaiian Traditions

The voyaging canoe Hōkūle’a, ca. 1977. Courtesy of Monte Costa

The Taubman Health Sciences Library will be hosting this exhibit which looks at the history of Kaho‘olawe and traditional voyaging, and how the resurgence of Native Hawaiian culture helped heal the soul of the community from October 18th to November 17th on the 4th floor.

This exhibit explores the lives of early voyagers to the island of Kaho’olawe, the invasion and seizure of the island as it was eventually used by Americans during World War II as a bombing exercise site. Next, the formation of the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana is covered along with the recapture of the island in 1976 and the revival of the lost art of long distance voyaging.

Come visit this sublime exhibit to learn more about the history of Kaho’olawe and Native Hawaiian traditions! To learn more, visit here.

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Turner Town Exhibit Highlights Turner Syndrome

“Turner Town” is our latest exhibit at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, on display until May 31st.

What is Turner Town?
“Turner Town” is a Turner Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities awareness campaign. It is a self-teaching exhibit for all ages featuring a large private collection of full-size dollhouses illustrating the impact of Turner Syndrome (TS) and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD). Storyboards in front of each building describe the everyday challenges of a girl with TS and NLD from birth through her later teenage years. The collection also includes a photo collage of girls with TS and possible solutions in overcoming medical and academic obstacles.

Who designed Turner Town?
Jennifer Wakenell is the designer and “Town Director” of Turner Town. Ms. Wakenell, a graduate student at the U-M School of Social Work, was diagnosed with TS just before entering high school. She has received a number of recognitions, including the Girl Scout Gold Award, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and the YWCA Western Wayne County Woman of Achievement Award among others. Since her diagnosis, Ms. Wakenell has done extensive research, attended national conferences in this country and Canada, and participated in several TS medical camps.  In addition, she is a current contact for telephone or internet inquiries to the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States.

Where can I see the exhibit?
“Turner Town” is currently on display at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, located at 1135 E. Catherine Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2038. (Map.)

When can I see Turner Town?
This exhibit will remain on display at the library until May 31, 2012. See the THL website for current library hours.

Why was Turner Town created?
“Turner Town” strives to spread the word about Turner Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning disabilities and to eliminate any stigmas attached to people who may be dealing with health concerns and/or educational problems.

Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that affects only girls. TS impacts girls’ growth and causes other life-long medical problems and some degree of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD).  The most common features of TS include short stature and gonadal dysgenesis (which can cause incomplete sexual development and ovarian failure and infertility), although many organ systems and tissues may also be affected to a lesser or greater degree. Nonverbal Learning Disabilities can be found in both genders, but the symptoms might be subtle and may often be unrecognized or misdiagnosed.  NLD can lead to problems with motor skills, visual/spatial/organizational/time misperceptions and/or social difficulties.  Little is known about these conditions among the general public. Since TS is a chromosomal condition, there is no “cure” for Turner Syndrome. However, much can be done to minimize it’s symptoms. Early diagnosis of TS can allow for growth hormone therapy, which can increase final adult height. Estrogen therapy can be used to induce pubertal development.

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Deadly Medicine Opening Reception and Keynote

The University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Center for the History of Medicine announce the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race. The exhibition illustrates how Nazi leadership enlisted people in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good to legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately genocide.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, February 9th
Taubman Health Sciences Library – 4th Floor
1135 E. Catherine
Ann Arbor, MI

Join us for refreshments and a tour of the exhibition. The keynote address and book signing will immediately follow the reception.

Keynote Address: “The Legacy of American Eugenics: Buck v. Bell in the Supreme Court”
Thursday, February 9th
A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Research Science Building
Kahn Auditorium
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor, MI

The Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibit “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” includes a segment on Buck v. Bell, the 1927 United States Supreme Court case that endorsed state laws mandating the eugenic sterilization of “feebleminded” and “socially inadequate” people in state institutions. That case and the laws that it validated preceded the 1934 Nazi law for sterilizing the ‘hereditarily diseased” under which more than 400,000 operations occurred in Nazi Germany. Professor Lombardo will discuss details of the Buck case, and how it became one of the symbolic high points for the eugenic movement in the United States.

Common Language Bookstore will sell copies of Dr. Lombardo’s most recent book, “A Century of Eugenics in America,” for signing at the end of the talk.

Free parking will be available in the in the Catherine St. parking structure blue spaces starting at 5:15pm on 2/9/12. Other campus parking locations can be found on this map.

The exhibition installation and related events are generously cosponsored by the Medical School Dean’s Office, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, Center for International and Comparative Studies, Institute for the Humanities, Department of Medical Education: Division of Anatomical Sciences, History Department, Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Genetic Counseling Program, and Department of Human Genetics.

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