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Geraldine Brooks to deliver 26th annual Women and Health Lecture, Sept. 14

Geraldine BrooksNext month, internationally renowned author and reporter Geraldine Brooks will deliver the 26th annual Women and Health Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University.

Brooks, whose novel March earned the 2006 Pulitzer Prize, will speak on how her journalistic tools served her in the writing of fiction, with a special emphasis on relating women’s stories, past and present. The title of Brooks’ lecture is “Hearing the Unheard: Recovering Women’s Voices in Historical Fiction.”

The Women and Health Lecture will be held Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., in the Witherspoon Concert Hall at Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

“It is an honor to be hosting Geraldine Brooks, an immensely talented and accomplished artist and journalist, for this year’s Women and Health Lecture,” said Amy Haddad, Ph.D., director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics. “Ms. Brooks, through the dual lens of fiction and journalism, has been able to exquisitely and intimately portray the experiences of women in her work.”

Author of six novels and three nonfiction volumes, Brooks’ latest work of fiction is 2015’s The Secret Chord, a novelistic retelling of the life of King David. Her first book, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women (1994), was an international bestseller and still a seminal work of nonfiction on the lives of women in the Middle East. Brooks’ journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Slate. She also worked as the foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covering crises in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans.

Since 1989, the Center for Health Policy and Ethics has sponsored the Women and Health Lecture as a means of highlighting issues in women’s health and well-being. The Women and Health Lecture has featured sociologists, politicians, advocates, lawyers, philosophers, judges, theologians, nurses, psychologists, physicians and novelists. Thanks to grants from Humanities Nebraska and donations from generous sponsors and private patrons, the Center for Health Policy and Ethics has been able to keep the lecture free and open to the public.

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