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“Caring for Circumcised Women” Subject of Sojourner Truth Lecture Series At Pomona College

Dr. Nawal Nour, who received a 2003 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for creating the country’s only center focusing on both the physical and emotional needs of female circumcision victims, will talk about “Caring for Circumcised Women,” on Thursday, March 31, at 8 p.m., at Pomona College.

The lecture, part of the Sojourner Truth Lecture Series, is sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies and will be held in the Bridges Hall of Music (Little Bridges), 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. There is no charge to attend.

Dr. Nour, a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, is the director of the Obstetric Resident Practice at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is also the founder and director of the hospital’s African Women's Health Practice, which provides appropriate health and outreach programs to Boston’s African community. This work has been covered by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, O, Essence magazine, and CNN Espanol.

An assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Nour is researching the health and policy issues regarding female genital cutting (FGC) locally and internationally. Committed to the eradication of FGC, she travels throughout the country conducting workshops to educate African refugees and immigrants on the medical complications and legal issues related to this practice. She has also spoken in numerous academic and national conferences regarding the medical management of women who have undergone this practice and recently served on an FGC task force for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She served as the primary author for Female Genital Cutting, Clinical Management of Circumcised Women, published by ACOG. This slide-lecture kit aims to educate obstetricians-gynecologists on the medical management of circumcised women in the United States and Canada.

Born in the Sudan and raised in Egypt and England, Dr. Nour came to the United States to attend Brown University. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994 and completed a chief residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA in 1998. She received the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Health Policy, and obtained her Masters of Public Health (MPH) at Harvard School of Public Health in 1999. She was subsequently awarded the H. Richard Nesson Fellowship from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital for her community outreach work.

The Sojourner Truth Lectureship, established in 1983, honors the achievements and contributions of outstanding African-American women in the United States. Conceived and administered by faculty in the Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies, the lectureship is sponsored by five of The Claremont Colleges: Scripps, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges. Past recipients of the Sojourner Truth Lectureship have included Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis, and Agnes Moreland Jackson.

Established in 1969, the Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies offers a rich program of multidisciplinary teaching and scholarship to all students at The Claremont Colleges. Its mission is to examine through various academic disciplines the experiences of people of African heritage worldwide.

For more information on this lecture, call the Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies at (909) 607-3070.