BookMarks – Women Writers

Mount Holyoke College and LITS present a Women Writers Panel: Exploring Books as Agents of Social Change on Thursday October 11, 2007 at 4:00 pm in Hooker Auditorium, as part of  Museums 10 Bookmarks.  Martha Ackmann will moderate a panel discussion between authors Priscilla Coit Murphy, Kris Holloway, and Sonia Shah.

About the Panelists:

Priscilla Coit Murphy, Ph.D., is an independent scholar interested in how books and the media system interact. She is the author of What a Book Can Do: The Publication and Reception of Silent Spring (University of Massachusetts 2005, 2007.), a study of Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestselling exposé on the potential hazards of pesticide abuse.

Kris Holloway’s book, Monique and the Mango Rains (Waveland Press, 2006) is the true story of the life and death of a remarkable West African midwife, seen through the eyes of a young Peace Corps Volunteer who worked side-by-side with her, birthing babies and caring for mothers, in a remote, impoverished village

In The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients (The New Press, 2006), Sonia Shah describes how the multinational pharmaceutical industry, in its quest to develop lucrative new drugs, has begun quietly exporting its clinical research business to the developing world, where ethical oversight is minimal, and desperate patients abundant.

Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies, Martha Ackmann, is the award-winning author of The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight (Random House 2003), which tells the story of American women pilots who were secretly tested to be astronauts in the early days of the U.S. space program.