March 3, 2010 12:00 pm
Historian John Dittmer tells the story of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, a group of health care professionals active not only in the Deep South at the height of the civil rights movement but also as part of the New Left during the late 1960s and 1970s. These idealists put careers on the line for their belief that “health care is a human right.” A professor emeritus of history at DePauw University, award-winning author, and a nationally recognized authority on the civil rights movement, Dittmer served on the DePauw faculty from 1985 until his retirement in 2003. His book Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi received the Bancroft Prize, generally considered the most prestigious award in the field of American history writing. The book also received the McLemore Prize and Lillian Smith Book Award, and the New York Times named it one of the “notable books of 1994″ in the history category.
Cosponsored by The Goldstein Lecture Fund, the Trent Center for Bioethics and the Humanities, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Center for Documentary Studies, the Duke Human Rights Center, the Health, Politics, and Justice Graduate Seminar of the Duke Center for International Studies, and the Duke Global Health Institute