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Heralding the Way to a New World: Exploring Women in Science and Medicine through the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

Southern Celestial Hemisphere

On display in the Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery  
January 20 - April 1, 2016

Scientists, Midwives and Healers in the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection
Tuesday, February 9, 4:00 p.m.
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library
Duke History Professor Thomas Robisheaux will give a lecture on the Baskin Collection including his use of works by naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Reception at 4 p.m. with remarks to begin at 4:15 p.m. RSVP (optional) via Facebook.  

From the first entomologist to capture the stages of metamorphosis of the butterfly (1705) to the author who published the first comprehensive volume on contraception (1923), the women in this exhibit were pioneers in science and medicine. Whether self-trained or classically educated, they not only made groundbreaking contributions to their fields, but also helped open the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps. Despite their accomplishments, most of these women remain overlooked or under-recognized. This exhibition highlights the stories of seven revolutionary women in science and medicine and celebrates the arrival of the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, from which these materials were selected.  

Image: Detail from Maria Sibylla Merian's De europische insecten. Tot Amsterdam: by J.F. Bernard, [1730].


Women at the Center: Fall 2015 Newsletter 

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The Fall 2015 issue of our Women at the Center newsletter is now available online. In this issue, you can read about the newly processed Mab Segrest Papers, our work with a writing course on Archiving and Researching LGBTQ Lives, and read remarks from Drew Gilpin Faust's keynote address at the Rubenstein Library Reopening. The upcoming exhibit of material highlighting items from the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, "Heralding the Way to a New World" is previewed, with a closer look by a work by Florence Nightingale.  

Move Over Screens, Make Room For Zines


On December 9, The State of Things, a local public radio program on WUNC, hosted a program about zines. Host Frank Stasio talked with Cindy Crabb, creator of “Doris,” an autobiographical zine that has been published since the early 1990s; Nyky Gomez, the creator of Brown Recluse Zine Distro, a zine distributor for zines by, for, and about people of color; Bill Brown, creator of the zine "Dream Whip" and co-founder of Durham’s first zine festival; Kelly Wooten, librarian at Duke University’s Sallie Bingham Center; and Janice Radway, a fellow at the National Humanities Center who is currently working on a book about the history of girl zines. Listen online

Past Events

Women at Duke Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
The Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library, First Floor
More details and R.S.V.P. on our meetup page.

Please join us for an opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles, learn more about the rich history of women at Duke University, and then put that knowledge into action by creating and editing entries that document the lives and contributions of women alumnae, faculty, staff, and community members. This event is part of a worldwide movement to increase the percentage of women editors and woman-focused articles within Wikipedia. Bring your laptop if you can, and create an account in advance. You can also participate from anywhere in the world! Co-sponsored with Duke University Archives and the Duke Women's Center. 

Envisioning the Future of the Sallie Bingham Center

Remarks from the Bingham Center's 25th anniversary celebration held in March 2014 are available on a new website. The Bingham Center hosted an evening with author, playwright, teacher, and feminist activist, Sallie Bingham (pictured left), who reflected on 25 years of documenting women’s history at Duke and offer her vision for the Center’s next 25 years, and Rachel Seidman, Associate Director, Southern Oral History Program, at UNC-Chapel Hill and visiting lecturer in Women’s Studies at Duke University, who gave her perspective on Bingham Center contributions to preservation, teaching, and activism. Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian & Vice Provost for Library Affairs, and Robert L. Byrd, Associate University Librarian for Collections and User Services, gave introductory remarks. Read more