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Hausman delivers inaugural lecture on literature and otherness

Bernice Hausman, PhD, Chair, Department of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine, presented her inaugural lecture, “Literature and Otherness: What Reading Teaching Us,” on June 4, 2019, in the College’s Junker Auditorium.

Dr. Hausman joined the College of Medicine from Virginia Tech, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in medical humanities and medical rhetoric, as well as courses on women writers and literary theory. She also convened the Vaccination Research Group, leading a group of undergraduate and graduate student researchers investigating vaccination controversy in the U.S. and globally.

Her research regarding vaccination resistance, breastfeeding and sex change has been widely published, and she is the sole author of four books:

  • Changing Sex: Transsexualism, Technology, and the Idea of Gender
  • Mother’s Milk: Breastfeeding Controversies in American Culture
  • Viral Mothers: Breastfeeding inthe Age of HIV/AIDS
  • Anti/Vax: Reframing the Vaccination Controversy

Dr. Hausman received her PhD in feminist studies and critical theory from the University of Iowa in 1992.

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