Fonds MS-2-186 - Susan Sherwin fonds

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Susan Sherwin fonds

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  • 1969 - 2008 (Creation)
    Sherwin, Susan

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2.4 m of textual records
7 photographs : b&w and col.

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Susan Sherwin is an internationally-renowned feminist philosopher and health care ethicist and a Dalhousie professor emeritus. She was born in Toronto in 1947 and educated at York University and Stanford University, where she wrote the first doctoral dissertation in the United States on feminist ethics. In 1974 she became the first woman to be hired by Dalhousie's Department of Philosophy, later serving as the first woman to serve as president of the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA). She has served on numerous significant committees, including the Royal College Ethics and Equity Committee; the Standing Committee on Ethics at Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); the Advisory Group on Reproductive and Genetic Technologies at Health Canada; and the Chief Public Health Officer’s Ethics Advisory Committee for the Public Health Agency of Canada. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1999) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2007). In 2006, she won the Killam Prize in Humanities and, in 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Bioethics Society. Her book No Longer Patient: Feminist Ethics and Health Care (1992) was revolutionary in the emergent field of feminist bioethics; she is also the author of The Politics of Women’s Health: Exploring Agency and Autonomy (1998). In 2015 she received the Order of Canada.

In 2018 Sue Sherwin was named one of 52 Dalhousie Originals, a list of individuals identified as having made a significant impact on the university and the broader community since Dalhousie's inception in 1818.

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Fonds comprises records related to Susan Sherwin's professional activities, including publication, research and teaching. Record types include correspondence, contracts, manuscripts, research materials and notes, committee materials, reports, conference materials, and university course records such as syllabi, exams, and assignments.

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Some records printed on thermal paper are faded and difficult to read.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Susan Sherwin fonds, MS-2-186, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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