The conference (May 30-31) takes place at the Rackham Building

Pre-Conference Workshop

All Wednesday events take place at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

1:00pm-4:00pm Reproductive Justice at the University of Michigan: Research, Pedagogy, and Practice
4:30pm-6:00pm Opening Reception and Panel


Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas

Rickie Solinger, independent scholar
Alexandra Minna Stern, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Culture, and History, University of Michigan
Aprille McKay, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Zakiya Luna, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law

THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

8:00am-8:50am   Registration Check-in and Breakfast

Welcome, Janet A. Weiss, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs–Graduate Studies and Dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies

Introduction to the conference, Ed Goldman, UMHS Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice


Panel 1: Framing Reproductive Justice
Panelists will present an overview of reproductive justice from a range of disciplines.  The panel will highlight how advocates and academics put a reproductive justice framework into practice.  


Loretta Ross, Co-founder, SisterSong
Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Black Women's Health Imperative
Liza Fuentes, Ibis Reproductive Health

Richard Adanu, University of Ghana Medical School and School of Public Health 
Kierra Johnson, Choice USA

Moderator: Emily Galpern
10:45am-11:00am Break
11:00am-12:00pm Reproductive Justice: Small Discussion Groups

Table Discussions: Participants who are not currently working in an RJ advocacy organization will meet in small groups to engage in moderated discussions about Reproductive Justice as a framework and movement, and to open dialogues about advocacy-academic collaborations. Each table will have a designated facilitator.

Reproductive Justice Advocates Meeting: Advocates affiliated with RJ organizations or involved primarily with programs or organizations that emphasize RJ organizing and advocacy will have a chance to touch base all together and engage in a strategy session. Facilitated by Sujatha Jesudason. 

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm Panel 2: Cultivating Collaborations: Academics and Advocates Discuss Partnerships

Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of academic-advocate partnerships and reflect on how research feeds advocacy and how advocacy depends on research. They will articulate possible research questions and potential pathways for academics and advocates to collaborate/inform each other’s work.


Lynn Paltrow, National Advocates for Pregnant Women 
Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University
Bernard Dickens, University of Toronto  
Sujatha Jesudason, CoreAlign and University of California at San Francisco
Zakiya Luna, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law

Moderator: Kirsten Moore, Former Director, Reproductive Health Technologies Project
2:30pm-2:45pm Break
2:45pm-4:00pm Topical Working Sessions (1st set)
Facilitated working sessions on key issues in reproductive justice, with a focus on possibilities for enhanced advocacy-academic collaboration in the short and longer term. 

Affordable Care Act and the Future of Reproductive Justice -- Ed Goldman
Reproductive Technologies and the New Eugenics -- Judith Daar
Mass Incarceration, "War on Drugs," and Reproductive Justice -- Lynn Paltrow
International Issues in Women's Health and Reproductive Justice -- 
Yirgu Gebrehiwot    
Human Rights, International Law, Civil Rights, and Intersectionality -- Loretta Ross


U-MOVE Flex and Stretch
5:00pm-7:00pm SNEAK PREVIEW of documentary work-in-progress: No Más Bebes por Vida

This sneak preview will followed by a panel discussion with the director.

Renee Tajima-Peña, Film Director University of California at Santa Cruz
Elena Gutiérrez, University of Illinois at Chicago
Moderator: Maria Cotera, University of Michigan

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013
8:00am-8:45am Registration Check-in and Breakfast
8:45am-9:00am Welcome and Plan for the Day -- Alexandra Minna Stern
                                 Review the previous day's accomplishments while moving towards identification of specific research questions and collaborative pathways.
9:00am-10:30am Panel 3: Taking it to the Limit: Advancing Reproductive Justice in Academia
Panelists will share examples of reproductive justice program-building and scholarship. How can academia support advocacy work, and what are the opportunities and barriers to using and disseminating RJ scholarship in venues ranging from peer reviewed publications to social media?


Catherine DeAngelis, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Michele Goodwin, University of Minnesota Law School
Renee Morhe, Director, Centre for Human Rights and Reproductive Justice, KNUST (Ghana) 
Melissa Gilliam, University of Chicago Medicine
Moderator: Timothy R.B. Johnson, University of Michigan
10:30am-11:00am Break
Book table with book signing, courtesy of Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor
11:00am-12:30pm Topical Working Sessions (2nd set)
Facilitated working sessions on key issues in reproductive justice, with a focus on possibilities for enhanced advocacy-academic collaboration in the short and longer term. 

Reproductive Technologies, Reproductive Labor, and Commercialization -- Francine Coeytaux
Young People and Reproductive Justice -- Kierra Johnson
The Power of Language  -- Rickie Solinger
International RJ Focus on Abortion and Contraception -- Emmanuel Morhe
Translating Research to Public Policy -- Tracy Weitz


1:30pm-3:00pm Methods Working Sessions
Facilitated working sessions on methods for furthering reproductive justice, with a focus on possibilities for enhanced advocacy-academic collaboration in the short and longer term.
Clinical Advocacy: What can Academic Programs Do?  -- Liza Fuentes
Challenging State and Federal Laws and Regulations, From Litigation to Legislation -- Michele Goodwin
Informed Consent: Process and Method -- Judy Norsigian
Communications Strategies -- Lorena Marez
Research and Advocacy within "Hard to Measure" Communities -- Miriam Yeung



U-Move Flex and Stretch

3:30pm-5:00pm Panel 4: Reproductive Justice: Looking Forward, Anticipating Challenges
Panelists will discuss productive future directions for reproductive justice scholarship and advocacy, with emphasis on potential challenges on the legal, social, economic, and cultural horizons. How can those of us working in Reproductive justice be preemptive and proactive?


Susan Berke Fogel, National Health Law Program 
Gamal Serour, International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research, Al Azhar University
Ena Suseth Valladares, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
Jill AdamsCenter on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law
Miriam Yeung, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Moderator: Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves

5:00pm-5:15pm Closing Remarks -- Timothy R.B. Johnson and Lisa Harris