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2010.03.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

March 23 Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture to Highlight Women's Studies

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Speaker Series continues Tuesday, March 23, with a lecture by UNO Women's Studies graduate Monica Brasile.  Her talk - "Complex Negotiations: Doulas as Advocates for Childbearing Women" - will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. 

The event is free and open to the public, and a complimentary buffet lunch will be available. Faculty can bring students to this event and/or offer extra credit as appropriate.

To help event organizers plan for lunch, those planning to attend, or who are bringing students, should contact Karen Falconer Al-Hindi at (402) 554-3834 or kfalconeralhindi@unomaha.edu.

Brasile, a 2002 UNO graduate, is currently a doctoral candidate in women's studies at the University of Iowa. Her research on doulas and the reproductive justice movement is informed by her areas of interest, which pertain to reproduction, childbirth, the body, motherhood, the history of medicine, science studies, post-colonial feminist theory, medical anthropology and maternal activism. Brasile has been a certified childbirth educator and doula since 1996.  She is co-chair of Friends of Iowa Midwives, a statewide grassroots organization working to increase access to midwifery care.

"Monica Brasile was already an accomplished scholar, speaker and activist when she graduated from the UNO College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Women's Studies," Al-Hindi said.  "She has been studying doulas, midwives and birthing mothers for many years. I am thrilled that she will be sharing her experience and insights with us in her Centennial Lecture on March 23."

The yearlong speaker series is part of the UNO College of Arts and Sciences' centennial celebration, which highlights the college's many departments and alumni.  Established in 1909, Arts and Sciences is the university's first college and largest academic unit.

For more information, call (402) 554-3834.  For additional details on upcoming speakers, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/cas/speakers.php.

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