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02-18-2005

History And Controversy Of Aids Education In America Subject Of Upcoming Lecture At Clarkson

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Alexandra M. Lord, acting historian for the United States Public Health Service, will deliver a lecture at Clarkson University on the history of early AIDS education in the United States on Tuesday, March 8, at 5 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 330 on the Clarkson campus.lord

The lecture is titled “Telling It Like It Is: The History and Politics of AIDS Education in the 1980s." It is free and open to the public.

While social, political and cultural factors have always shaped public health campaigns, the United States Public Health Service's fight to provide AIDS education has been subject to more scrutiny and controversy than any other public health campaign in the nation's history. In constructing their campaigns, AIDS educators have had to address not only scientific but also moral and religious considerations.

Lord will provide an in-depth analysis of the early years of AIDS education, highlighting and discussing the ways in which Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and the members of the United States Public Health Service struggled to find a medium ground which would enable them to prevent the spread of AIDS while appeasing social conservatives.

Alexandra Lord’s research interests focus on public health and policy, the history of sex education and sexually transmitted diseases, medical perceptions of puberty, and the history of women’s health. She has published articles on topics ranging from medical understandings of puberty to the history of caesarian section and 20th century attempts to control sexually transmitted diseases. Her most recent article “’Naturally Clean and Wholesome:’ Women, Sex Education, and the United States Public Health Service, 1918-1928” was published in the journal, Social History of Medicine.

She received a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has served on the faculty of Montana State University and the State University of New York at New Paltz.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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