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Oct.ober 21 – “Sisters Doctors: Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell”

The Center for the Study of Women and Society and Women Writing Women’s Lives present the 2019 Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress lecture:

Janice P. Nimura


Sisters Doctors: Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell



Janice P. Nimura will speak on her dual biography (forthcoming from W. W. Norton 2021) on the groundbreaking sisters doctors Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell who, in 1857 founded The Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children on New York City’s Bleecker Street. It was the first hospital staffed entirely by women.

Janice P. Nimura received a 2017 Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of  the highly acclaimed Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, a 2015 New York Times Notable Book, described by the Times as a “Beautifully written…deftly interwoven account, (in which) the three girls emerge as contrasting types, like Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters.’”

Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Room 9204/9205, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th St.)

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Cosponsored by The Leon Levy Center for Biography, CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, The Center for the Humanities and The Feminist Press. The lecture is free and open to the public.


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