Panel Discussion: New Scholarship on Reproductive Rights

Panel Discussion: New Scholarship on Reproductive Rights
Panel Discussion Celebrates Launch of
Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School Fellowship

Press Contact: Sonia von Gutfeld, 212-854-1453, [email protected]
Public Affairs Office, 212-854-2650

October 13, 2008 (NEW YORK) – On October 20, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and the Center for Reproductive Rights will host “New Scholarship on Reproductive Rights,” a panel discussion of legal research on reproductive health and human rights. The event celebrates the launch this year of the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School Fellowship, a new opportunity for law school graduates pursuing legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights.

“The panel brings together a group of scholars to talk about new directions reproductive rights can go in the future,” said Columbia Law School alumna Khiara Bridges ’02, the first recipient of the two-year fellowship, who is among the speakers at the event. “We each bring different perspectives to the table for what promises to be an exciting discussion.”

Joining Bridges at the panel will be Vicki Jackson, professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School this fall; Linda Fentiman, professor at Pace University School of Law and visiting professor at University of Houston Law Center; and Jessie Hill, associate professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law. Carol Sanger, the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, is contributing a written piece, and Nancy Northup ’88, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights and a lecturer-in-law at Columbia, will moderate.

WHAT: New Scholarship on Reproductive Rights
SPEAKERS: Khiara Bridges, Linda Fentiman, Jessie Hill, Vicki Jackson, Carol Sanger, Nancy Northup (moderator)
WHEN: October 20, 2008, 4:15-6 p.m.
WHERE: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall 106

A reception will follow in Jerome Greene Annex from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Journalists, please contact Sonia von Gutfeld at 212-854-2650 if you would like to attend.

Bridges, the inaugural CRR/Columbia Fellow, recently completed her doctorate in anthropology at Columbia University. Her fellowship research uses postmodern theory to analyze abortion jurisprudence, specifically Gonzales v. Carhart. At the panel Bridges will present her dissertation research, which examines domestic reproductive rights – with focus on an obstetrics clinic in a New York City public hospital – through the lens of postcolonial theory to explore how the meaningfulness of a woman’s reproductive rights might be diminished by her ascribed race.

The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.

First published in 1991, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law is edited and published entirely by students at the Columbia University School of Law. The Journal publishes interdisciplinary works related to feminism and gender-related issues with the aim of promoting dialogue, debate, and awareness around an expansive view of feminism embracing women and men of different colors, classes, sexual orientations and cultures.

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