Monthly Archives: July 2011

Unnatural Selection

Earlier this month DoubleX featured Mara Hvistendahl’s new book, Unnatural selection: choosing boys over girls, and the consequences of a world full of men, as their book of the week. In DoubleX’s overview, Rachael Larimore says: But what makes Hvistendahl’s … Continue reading

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The Great Mother Archetype

Alice Walker and others discuss the cultural, spiritual, and physical presence of The Great Mother Archetype. This idea is certainly present in “The Color Purple” through several characters and will hopefully come up in our discussion.

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Alice Walker discusses The Color Purple

As we prepare to read and discuss “The Color Purple” as a group, here’s a short video with commentary from the author: “The Color Purple” has received both acclaim and criticism since publication in 1985.  Perhaps this will shed some light … Continue reading

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A Surprising Place for a John Snow Nod

This short essay is from the president of my alma mater, Central College.  Rooted really deeply in Christian tradition & an intensely conservative Iowa town, Central continues to impress me with how progressive it can be.  Most recently, they added Sustainability as … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Welcome to Broad Street Book Nerds. We’re a group of eclectic epidemiologists who started a book club partway through our MPH program: we loved reading for fun and wanted to be able to have honest, informal discussions with each other … Continue reading

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“More to screening than a speculum?”

Slate’s DoubleX has an intriguing read on the annual pelvic exam, citing a Journal of Women’s Health article from earlier this year that recommended nixing the annual exam. Here’s a link to the DoubleX article on annual pelvic exams.

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