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Sex, Lies, and History: Women and the Quality of Life

January 16-19
Perspectives 2007: The Raymond B. Witt Lecture Series

All events are free and open to the public, and will be held in the UTC University Center Chattanooga Rooms (220) unless noted.

Tuesday, January 16
12:15 p.m.—Roz J. Lewis, M.D., Family Medicine residency, UT Memphis College of Medicine, and University alumna presents “The Life of a Female Physician, As Sexy as on TV”—Brown bag lunch—BYOL. Lewis was a University Honors Program student who graduated with a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in philosophy and religion. She then worked in a rural emergency room in Shelbyville, Tennessee, followed by a four-month stint in Honduras to become fluent in Spanish, travel, and volunteer at a clinic. Lewis participated in the rural track of East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. She plans to return in service a scholarship from the National Health Service Corps. Following her residency, she will practice medicine in an underserved area.

7 p.m.—Film, “Osama”, Pashtu, English, Dari with English subtitles, 83 minutes in length, winner of 2003 Golden Globe Best Foreign Film, University Center Auditorium, UTC University Center.

Wednesday, January 17
10 a.m.—Pamela A. Ross, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, The University of Virginia Health System, UTC alumna presents “Perspectives on the Total Woman: Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Ross was the valedictorian of Meigs County High School, and a Brock Scholar at UTC who graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ross went to Emory University for medical school, completed her residency at Emergency Medicine, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio, and then a fellowship at Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia. She is a past Division Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and form Director of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Program. Ross is a distinguished Past President of the Board of Directors for the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians. She is the first black and second woman to ever be elected to the position in the history of the organization.

11 a.m.—Faculty and community discussion panel. Dr. Mary Tanner, Dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies, will serve as facilitator. Panelists include: Dr. Carolyn Thompson, who has held academic positions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Kennedy-Kreiger Institute, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was the founding chair of the Master of Health Administration program; Dr. Victoria Steinberg, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Women’s Studies; Mai Bell Hurley, community activist who formerly served on the Chattanooga City Council, as chair of the Chattanooga Venture board of directors, and currently on the board of directors of the Community Research Council; Dr. Pamela Ross; Julie Baumgardner, Executive Director of First Things First.

3 p.m.—Film, “Osama” repeat showing from 1/16, University Center Auditorium, UTC University Center.

Thursday, January 18
6 p.m.—UTC University Center Auditorium, Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, Vanderbilt University presents “Jesus, Gender and Sexuality.” Levine earned the A. B. from Smith College and the A.M., Ph.D. from Duke University. She has written numerous publications that address Christian Origins, Jewish-Christian Relations, and Sexuality, Gender, and the Bible. A self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt," Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to exposing and expunging anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.

Friday, January 19
10 a.m.-12 noon—Perspectives from UTC women including Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, Assistant Vice Chancellor, UTC Student Development; Dr. Deborah Arfken, Dean, UTC Graduate School; Dr. Elizabeth Gailey, Associate Professor, UTC Department of Communication; Dr. Melissa Anyiwo, Assistant Professor, UTC Department of History, specializing in African-American history, with a focus on African-American Women and an interest in Black culture and popular culture; and Darris Saylors, University Honors Program senior majoring in English and Philosophy and Religion, named a 2006 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council.

UTC University Center is located at 642A East 5th Street. For more information about the series, call (423)425-4455.

January 10, 2007