Lecture / Reading

America and The Pill - A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation with Elaine Tyler May

Sponsored by Clayman Institute for Gender Research, American Studies Program, History Department


Thursday, May 19, 2011
5:30 pm –
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The Terrace Room, 4th Floor, Margaret Jacks Hall

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Fifty years ago, the FDA announced approval for the birth control pill. The pill quickly became the most popular form of contraception in the country and on of the best-selling drugs in the U.S. It was hailed as a magic bullet that would halt the global population explosion, eradicate war and poverty worldwide, and ensure happy and stable marriages; it would be given credit (or blame) for the sexual revolution and would become the focus of widespread challenges to the authority of religious leaders, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and lawmakers. Don't miss this chance to hear a distinguished historian explore how science, culture, and politics interacted to shape this significant chapter in American history.

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