Sleeping With Uncle Sam:
The Government's Sex Education Campaigns for Young Adults.
Dr. Alexandra Lord
United States Public Health Service
Tuesday, March 27th, at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ruhl Student Center, Community Room
While the American government has
consistently told young adults to "just say no" to sex, college and high school
students have often said "just said yes" to sex. Through an analysis of the
federal government's hundred year campaign to provide information on sex and
sexuality, Dr. Lord will provide insight into both the reasons for the
disconnection between the government's message and American sexual mores and the
implications this disconnection has had for the treatment of sexually
transmitted diseases such as AIDS and syphilis.
Alexandra Lord is the Acting Historian for
the United States Public Health Service. She received her B.A. from Vassar
College in 1987 and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995.
That same year, she won the Richard Harrison Shryock Medal from the American
Association for the History of Medicine for her essay "'The Great Arcana of the
Deity:' Menstruation in Eighteenth-Century British Medical Thought" (later
published in The Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Spring, 1998).
During 1995 to 1996, she held the J. Elliot Royer Post-Doctoral Fellowship in
the History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
From 1996-2000, she was on the faculty of Montana State University, Bozeman and
then the State University of New York, New Paltz. Dr. Lord's research interests
include the history of sex education and sexually transmitted diseases, medical
perceptions of puberty and the history of women's health. Currently, she is
researching the PHS's attempts to fight venereal disease through the use of sex
education during the 1920s. Dr. Lord has given papers and published work on
topics ranging from medical understanding of puberty to the history of the
caesarian section and twentieth-century attempts to control sexually transmitted
diseases. Her most recent article deals with the Public Health Service's attempt
to teach young girls about sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases during
the early 1920s ("'Naturally Clean and Wholesome:' Women, Sex Education and the
United States Public Health Service," Social History of Medicine,