36th Annual University of Iowa Presidential Lecture

 Our very own Karen Heimer gave the University of Iowa’s 36th Presidential Lecture. The lecture, given annually, is an opportunity for distinguished faculty members to present significant findings from their research to the public. Karen was the first faculty member from the sociology department to be selected for this lecture in its 36 year history. Karen’s lecture, “Violence Against Women: The Hidden Figures” served as both a primer to the costs and consequences of violence against women globally and in the U.S., and as a vehicle for her to present data from her recent work delineating trends in violence against women across different age, class, racial, and geographic backgrounds.

Her lecture included policy implications of her research, stating that violence against women cannot be ignored and that we must go beyond intimate partner violence by paying more attention to additional forms of violence against women. She called for more research to pinpoint groups of especially at-risk women who have thus far been hidden from view in the data. She ended her lecture with a call to action for the audience, asking them to support local organizations that aim to help reduce violence against women and provide resources to its victims.

Professor Heimer



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