Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650
September 19, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Medical anthropologist Joan Cassell, a research associate in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will present a free public lecture, “Stories, Moral Judgement and Medical Care in an Intensive Care Unit,” on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium (Dallas Hall room 306) on the Southern Methodist University campus. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology in Dedman College.

Cassell has researched the lives of women operating in what is largely a male-dominated profession. She is the author of the 1998 book The Woman in the Surgeon’s Body, in which she observed 33 women surgeons in five North American cities over the course of three years. The book follows these women through their grueling days: making rounds, performing operations, holding office hours and teaching residents. Cassell also published Expected Miracles: Surgeons at Work in 1991.

Cassell’s lecture is part of the SMU Anthropology Department’s annual Scott-Hawkins Lecture series. The series honors Elmer Scott and Gaynell Hawkins, who were leaders of the Dallas Civic Federation. The DCF was a vital force in the arts, social causes and education in Dallas and Texas during the first half of the 20th century. It was absorbed by the Dallas Council on World Affairs in 1951, and some of its assets were used to establish the lecture series.