WRITER: LESLIE LOVELESS
CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 18, 2002
Visiting historian of public health to speak at UI April
Ph.D., professor of history and public health and director of the Center for
the History and Ethics of Public Health at Columbia University and the Mailman
School of Public Health, will visit the University of Iowa April 22-26 as
an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.
An outstanding historian with a national reputation in a wide range of areas,
Rosner has published eight books on the history of health care, the history
of public health and on race and mental health. While at the UI, Rosner will
give several public lectures and seminars, all of which are free and open
to the public.
-- "When Does a Worker's Death Become a Murder?" This lecture
will be held from 4 to
5 p.m. Monday, April 22 in the auditorium at the Levitt Center for University
Advancement. Rosner will discuss the growing number of manslaughter and even
murder charges that have been brought against employers in cases
involving the death of workers on the job. He also will review
other periods in American history when workers' deaths were considered
a form of homicide. The talk will include an examination of the social forces
that shape how we define a worker's death: as an accidental, chance
occurrence or as a predictable result of gross, criminal
indifference to human life. This lecture is sponsored by the UI College of
-- "Cater to the Children? The Lead Industry and the Making of
a National Public Health Tragedy" will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday,
April 23 at the Institute for Rural and Environmental Health (Oakdale Campus),
Room 123. This seminar will discuss the impact of occupational and environmental
illnesses caused by lead in paint and gasoline and its relation to the evolution
of the American consumer culture. The event is sponsored by the department
of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health.
-- "Children, Race and Power" will be presented at 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, April 24 at 332 North Hall. This talk, sponsored by the School
of Social Work, will address the issues of race, mental health and social
work in New York in the years after World War II, focusing on the work of
Kenneth and Mamie Clark and the influence of the Northside
Center, a mental health facility in Harlem.
-- "Between Factory and Home: the Shifting Borders Between Occupational
and Environmental Health" begins at 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 26 in the
Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building. Based on
a forthcoming book by the same name as the lecture title, this talk will explore
the social and political background of the various ways that Americans approach
occupational and environmental health problems. This talk will be sponsored
by the UI College of Public Health.
In addition, Rosner will be a guest on the "Iowa Talks" radio
show at 10 a.m., Monday, April 22 on WSUI (AM 910).
Rosner received a master's of science degree in public health from
the University of Massachusetts and his doctorate in the history of science
from Harvard University. Until recently, he was University Distinguished Professor
of History at the City University of New York.
In addition to receiving numerous grants, Rosner has been a Guggenheim
Fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a Josiah Macy Fellow.
He has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar's Prize from the City University,
the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts and, recently,
the Viseltear Prize for Outstanding Work in the History of Public Health from
the American Public Health Association.
Rosner's activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam
Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars
to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic
A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds
from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships
program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists
have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students
Other UI sponsors for Rosner's visit are the College of Public Health,
the College of Law, the School of Social Work, the UI department of history,
the Labor Center, the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety,
the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, and the Center for Global
and Regional Environmental Research.
For more information, contact Leslie Loveless at (319) 335-4436.