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Birthing Reproductive Justice Exhibit is Online!

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Did you happen to miss this Birthing Reproductive Justice exhibit that was housed in the Hatcher Graduate Library? Well, you’re in luck! The exhibit is available to view online here.

Reproductive Justice — the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent children in healthy and safe environments — is a movement and perspective that arose in the 1990s as a broader alternative to reproductive rights advocacy focused on limited debates around abortion and pro-life/pro-choice issues. Articulated and led by women of color with a more encompassing social vision, reproductive justice usually incorporates both a framework of human rights and an awareness of the intersectionality of women’s identities and struggles against sexism, racism, homophobia, and economic marginalization.

This exhibit provides a visual narrative of the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. Given that women’s lives have never been reducible to one dimension of their reproductive health, this exhibit traces a longer history of reproductive justice, illustrating many experiences, debates, and policies related to pregnancy, birth, contraception, and raising children. Birthing Reproductive Justice also explores the question of who has produced and controlled knowledge about women’s reproductive health and decisions.

This exhibit showcases materials from the rich and extensive holdings at the Bentley Historical Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections, Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the Law Library. Produced and curated by an inter-campus exhibit team, Birthing Reproductive Justice illustrates the stakes — of physical health, mental health, human dignity, and community empowerment — associated with reproductive justice and suggests that research and advocacy can work together.

Check out this fantastic exhibit online today and learn more about the history of reproductive justice!

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Reproductive Justice: Advocates, Activists, Academics in Ann Arbor

Who: This conference is sponsored by a Michigan Meetings Grant from the Rackham Graduate School and with added funding from the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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When: Wednesday, May 29th– Friday, May 31st

Where: Unless noted, all events will take place in the Rackham Building.

What:  The expected schedule of events is listed below.

Wednesday, May 29th

  • 1:30-4:00pm   Reproductive Justice at the University of Michigan: Research, Pedagogy, and Practice
  • 4:30-6:00pm  Opening Reception and Panel with Rickie Solinger & Alexandra Stern, PhD (Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery)
  • Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas

Thursday, May 30th

  • 8:00-9:00am      Registration Check-in and Breakfast
  • 9:15-10:45am      Panel 1:  Exciting Developments in RJ
  • 11:00-12:00pm   Table Discussions: Engaging in RJ Work
  • 12:00-1:00pm     Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30pm       Panel 2: Cultivating Collaborations: Academics and Advocates Discuss Partnerships
  • 2:45-4:00pm      Working Sessions: Advancing a RJ Agenda Through Collaboration
  • 5:00-7:00pm      SNEAK PREVIEW of documentary work-in-progress: No Más Bebes por Vida
  • 7:00-8:00pm      Reception with strolling dinner

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Friday, May 31st

  • 8:00-9:00am      Registration Check-in and Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:15am       Welcome and Plan for the Day
  • 9:15-10:45am      Panel 3: Taking it to the Limit: Advancing RJ in Academia
  • 11:00-12:30pm   Topical Working Sessions 
  • 12:30-1:30pm     Lunch
  • 1:30-3:00pm      Methods Working Sessions
  • 3:30-5:00pm      Panel 4: Looking Forward, Anticipating Challenges
  • 5:00-5:15pm       Closing Remarks

Why: This conference will be of interest to:

  • Anyone interested in broadening and strengthening the RJ dialogue among academics, activists, and advocates
  • Academics working on reproductive justice who wants to collaborate with other scholars and advocates
  • Anyone working in the RJ movement who wants to partner with academics in specific research and practice areas

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Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas

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From April 15th to June 10th, the Hatcher Graduate Library North Display cases will house an exhibit which provides a historical context for the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. Given that women’s lives have never been reducible to one dimension of their reproductive health, this exhibit traces a longer history of reproductive justice, illustrating many facets of experiences, debates, and policies related to pregnancy, birth, birth control, and raising children.

The exhibit is held in conjunction with the conference, Reproductive Justice: Advocates, Academics, Activists in Ann Arbor, a Michigan Meeting.The exhibit has materials from the following collections: Bentley Historical Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections, Taubman Health Sciences Library and the Law Library.

Make sure not to miss a panel discussion  about this wonderful exhibit on May 29th, 2013 from 4:30-6 PM.

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