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CANCELED: 'Women’s Reproductive Health and Economic Empowerment: Lessons from Low Resource Settings'

Tuesday, March 17 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


Join us for The Africa Initiative’s March edition of "Africa Speak," a conversation with WashU faculty on their research engagements in Africa.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP encouraged; email africa@wustl.edu.

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Brown School


Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health



Institute for Public Health
Event Contact

Bethel Mandefro | b.mandefro@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Jessica Levy, associate professor of practice, Brown School

Levy’s research focuses on the intersection between gender, poverty and global maternal and child health. She aims to identify culturally appropriate interventions that promote gender equality and improve reproductive health and development outcomes.

L. Lewis Wall, professor of sociocultural anthropology, Arts & Sciences; professor of obstetrics and gynecology, School of Medicine

Wall’s research interests involve the intersection of biology and culture, with particular reference to women’s reproductive health. Wall is particularly interested in the social and clinical aspects of reproductive health problems in developing countries and has been actively involved in a variety of clinical projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and Niger.

Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, associate professor, Sam Fox School; area coordinator, fashion design

Ruppert-Stroescu’s current research focuses on the study and application of creativity, particularly through the exploration of sustainable fashion design and production and wearable electronic textile-based sensing systems that address issues of health and well-being. Her interdisciplinary collaborations with engineers and medical scientists have resulted in innovations related to conductive thread performance, the integration of sensors into textile embodiments for diverse body types and user needs for textile-based sensing systems.

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