Live from Prairie Lights | J.C. Hallman

Sep 6, 2023

07:00 PM

Prairie Lights Books,

15 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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J.C. Hallman

Iowa Writers' Workshop alum J.C. Hallman will read from Say Anarcha: A Young Woman, a Devious Surgeon, and the Harrowing Birth of Modern Women's Health. In 1846, a young surgeon, J. Marion Sims ("The Father of Gynecology"), began several years of experimental surgeries on a young enslaved woman known as Anarcha ("The Mother of Gynecology"). This series of procedures—performed without anesthesia and resulting in Anarcha's so-called "cure"—forever altered the path of women's health. "This compelling, extremely well-researched account of the life of an enslaved Black woman changes the historical narrative surrounding J. Marion Sims and engages us in a sober reckoning over the legacy of slavery, medical experimentation and gynecology ...'Anarcha' is a name we should say, remember and reflect upon as we still contend with a history of racial injustice that has left us vulnerable to continuing racial disparities in health care, injustice and unnecessary suffering." — Bryan Stevenson

J. C. Hallman is the author of five previous works of nonfiction, including Wm & H'ry, and a book of short stories, Hospital for Bad Poets. He has been a Guggenheim and McKnight Foundation fellowship recipient, and his previous work on Anarcha has appeared in Harper's Magazine, the Forum (of the African American Policy Forum), the Baffler, Montgomery Advertiser, and Urology.

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