Revisiting Harriet Tubman as Both a Healer & Intellectual

Last Updated: January 10, 2023Categories: 2023, General, Healthcare Disparities, Public HealthTags: 1.4 min read

Join the Waring Historical Library for the 2023 Black History Month Lecture featuring Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owen’s presentation on the Harriet Tubman community work through entrepreneurship, abolitionism, herbalism, and institution building.

As a historian of medicine, Cooper Owens has documented the importance of Black women’s healing practices to the development of American medicine. Herbalism is one of the foundations of their healing arts (and Harriet Tubman was skilled in this artform). In her presentation, Dr. Cooper Owens hopes to reveal Tubman as more than a courageous freedom fighter; but also, as a fierce intellectual figure. Join us to gain a new understanding of Harriet Tubman’s contributions to the black freedom struggle through her ideas and healing practices as a compliment to her abolitionist actions.

Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one of two Black women in the nation who holds these positions. Dr. Cooper Owens also serves as Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution.

The lecture will take place Monday, February 6, 2023, at 6 PM EST. This event is open to the public. This event will be a hybrid event with in-person and virtual components. Seating is limited and registration is required by Saturday, February 5, 2023, at 6 PM to reserve your seat and/or receive login information. Register here:

The in-person event will be held at MUSC’s Drug Discovery Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.

The virtual event will take place on Zoom.

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