Percy Skuy Lecture

Thursday, April 18th, 2024, 4:30-5:30 pm (In person or live stream)
Katherine Dugan, PhD Presents
Rejecting the Pill: A History of the Science of Natural Family Planning

Katherine Dugan, Springfield College Associate Professor of Religious Studies on January 24, 2024.

Katherine Dugan, PhD.

In this lecture, Katherine Dugan will examine the history of the science of Natural Family Planning–starting with the “rhythm” method of the 1920s through the app-based methods of the 2020s. This lecture interweaves medical history with Catholic history in order to tell the story of how what is now known as NFP came to be practiced. In addition to tracing the history of these methods, the lecture also details some of the biographical history of the medical doctors and scientists committed to this work.

Katherine Dugan is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Springfield College in Western Massachusetts. She published Millennial Missionaries: How a Group of Young Catholics is Trying to Make Catholicism Cool, (2019) and is at work on an ethnographic study of Catholics who practice Natural Family Planning.

The event is free, registration is required for those who want to attend in person.
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Live stream link (the link will go live shortly before the event):
For those attending in person the event will be held at:
Allen Memorial Medical Libary
11000 Euclid Ave.
Zverina Room, 3rd floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44106