“Reproductive Justice” is the theme of the Central Pennsylvania Consortium’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, set for March 25 at Franklin & Marshall College.
The keynote speaker for the 30th annual conference is Renee Tajima-Peña, a filmmaker and professor of Asian-American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. The conference is free and open to the public. Attendees must register in advance here.
More than 30 presentations and panels by students from Dickinson College, Gettysburg College and F&M will explore many aspects of reproductive justice, including abortion, sexual education, and forced sterilization.
Twenty-two F&M students will present their research. Among them are sophomore Elizabeth Griffin, who will examine the frameworks of discrimination in her presentation, “Gender Inequalities and the Effect on Birth Outcomes in the United States and Nordic Countries,” and senior Abigail Lawlor, who studied sexual education for her presentation, “Sexual Health and Relationship Education: Programming Comparison of the Gay-Straight Alliance and Girl Scouts of America.”
“The great value of the conference, for me, is that it showcases student work,” said Maria Mitchell, professor of history and department chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. “It’s student focused. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them, but also for all of us to learn about their research.”
Tajima-Peña, an Academy Award nominee and Guggenheim fellow, will speak about her documentary film, “No Más Bebés Por Vida.”
“It’s enormously exciting to have someone of her renown come to campus,” Mitchell said. “She appealed to us in that she’s a great example of how we study – these are real-world issues that we’re dealing with.”
Along with her keynote address, Tajima-Peña will give a craft talk with film clips at 4:30 p.m. March 24. Later, at 7 p.m., she will screen her Oscar-nominated film, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Mitchell encourages women and men to attend the conference. “Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come support our students and hear this terrific speaker,” she said.